Ruling Could Expose ISPs to Liability for Music Sharing

Copyright laws don’t shield a major Internet provider from liability for illegal music downloading by its subscribers, according to a ruling in a closely watched case between cable company Cox Communications Inc. and two music publishers. The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady in Alexandria, Va., could open the door to more downloading lawsuits against the cable industry by movie studios and music publishers, according to some legal experts.