Cox’s legal issues surrounding piracy are continuing, this time involving a lawsuit from 53 music companies. The companies, including Capitol Records, Warner Brothers, and Sony Music are arguing that Cox did not stop those repeatedly in violation of copyright laws, but profited from the activity.
While the case is now heading to trial, Cox was first asking for a judgement saying that they were not directly or vicariously liable for the copyright infringements. According to a report from Torrent Freak, a judge has said that most of the issues brought up by both Cox and the music companies will be sorted out during the trial, but the judge has ruled that Cox knew about the activity.
“It would be farcical to argue that Cox had no knowledge of the hundreds of thousands of notices it received indicating infringement for the works in suit,” wrote US District Court Judge Liam O’Grady.
“The notices were sent to an email address Cox created for the very purpose of receiving this information, and were processed by a corporate department dedicated to abuse and security for Cox.”
While this is good news for the music companies, it doesn’t necessarily put Cox at fault. For that to happen, a jury will need to decide that Cox contributed to the piracy. The trial is set for next month.
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