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1: Cox Wants to See Evidence in Majors V Charter Copyright Case in Ongoing Bid to Overturn Billion Dollar Judgement
First off today, Chris Cooke at Complete Music Update reports that Cox is appealing the $1 billion judgment against it to the Fourth Circuit and, as part of its strategy there, is attempting to cast doubt on the evidence against it.
Cox was previously sued by the major record labels, which alleged the ISP was not doing enough to stop piracy on its network. Specifically, they allege Cox did not have a system for suspending the accounts of repeat infringers. The lower court sided with the record labels, with a jury awarding them $1 billion in damages.
However, Cox is appealing that ruling to the Fourth Circuit and is claiming that the labels either withheld or manipulated the evidence against them. Specifically, Cox alleges the metadata on the evidence indicates that they are files from 2016 though the case only deals with 2012-2014. However, there are many reasons metadata might have newer timestamps, raising questions about whether this approach will work.
Next up today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that the CEO and founder of the anti-piracy company Group-IB has been arrested in Russia on suspicion of high treason.
The company has made a name for itself in identifying and targeting pirate CDNs and other pieces of infrastructure that pirate sites use. As part of their work, they cooperate with both INTERPOL and Europol. However, Russian authorities recently raided its local offices and arrested the company’s CEO, Ilya Sachkov, on allegations that he was cooperating with foreign intelligence services.
According to a spokesperson, Group-IB’s distributed nature means that they can continue operations and that client data is safe. As for Sachkov, he denies any and all wrongdoing.
3: China Commits to Crack Down on Copyright Infringement to Protect Intellectual Property for Beijing 2022 Winter Games
Finally today, The Global Times reports that China is aiming to crack down on intellectual property infringement ahead of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
The announcement comes from the China National Intellectual Property Administration, which says they will be launching a nationwide campaign ahead of the games in a bid to stop both copyright and trademark infringement.
The organization has already blocked some 109 domain names related to Chinese athletes from being registered and says it is aiming to collaborate with other departments to find ways to address other intellectual property issues as the games draw closer.