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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA

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BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT (US)
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Civil No. l:14-cv-1611

Plaintiff,
Hon. Liam O'Grady
V.

COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC., and
COXCOM, LLC,

Defendants.

Memorandum Opinion

This case presents the question ofwhether a conduit internet service provider may be
held liable for the infringing activity of its subscribers based on the uploading and downloading

ofcopyrighted musical works using BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing network. The plaintiff
in this action, BMGRights Management (US) LLC ("BMG")» seeks to hold Cox
Communications, Inc. and CoxCom, LLC (collectively, "Cox") secondarily liable for the

reproduction and distribution of 1,397 musical composition copyrights by users ofCox's high
speed internet service between February 2, 2012 and November 26, 2014. After a two-week
trial, a jury found Cox not liable for vicarious infringement, but liable for willful contributory
infringement. The jury awarded BMG $25 million in statutory damages.
Pendingbefore the Court are the parties' post-trial motions. Cox moves for judgment as
a matter of law or, alternatively, for a new trial. (Dkt. No. 760). BMG seeks judgment as a

matter of law on its claim of vicarious infringement as well as permanent injunctive relief. (Dkt.

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