Music labels win $46.7 mln from internet provider in piracy trial

Nov 4 – Internet service provider Astound Broadband’s Grande Communications Networks LLC must pay a group of music labels $46.7 million after its users pirated over 1,400 copyrighted works, a federal jury in Austin, Texas, decided Thursday.

Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Records and other labels convinced the jury that San Marcos, Texas-based Grande committed willful contributory copyright infringement by failing to act against subscribers who were repeat infringers.