On the verge of going to trial a second time on claims of not doing enough on the piracy front, Cox Communications has settled with BMG Rights Management, which administers the rights to works by David Bowie, Bruno Mars, Frank Ocean and many other artists.
The closely-watched case in the entertainment industry tested an internet service provider's responsibilities for policing the copyright infringing actions of its users. BMG hired Rightscorp, which flagged nearly two million instances of infringement and informed Cox that its users were uploading and downloading music using BitTorrent. In 2015, a trial was held in Virginia on BMG's claim of contributory copyright infringement. The jury delivered a $25 million verdict.
In a decision upholding the verdict, U.S. District Court Judge Liam O'Grady slammed what he said was "essentially a thirteen-strike policy" on the part of Cox — one which Cox feigned cooperation by sending warnings to users and sometimes suspensions, but hardly never the termination of service.