BMG Wins $25 Million Verdict Against Cox in Piracy Case

A federal jury in Virginia delivered a $25 million verdict in favor of BMG Rights Management against Cox Communications in a landmark piracy case that tested an internet service provider's responsibilities for the copyright infringing actions of its users. The verdict came after a week-long trial set in motion after U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady denied summary judgment for Cox, ruling in November that the ISP's failure to reasonably implement a repeat-infringer policy meant it couldn't have safe harbor under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.