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Charter Challenges Copyright Registrations of Music Recordings

March 8, 2020

Facing a billion-dollar lawsuit, the internet service provider questions whether a big percentage of sound recordings have been improperly registered as works for hire.

Record giants scored a coup late last year when a Virginia jury not only held Cox Communications liable for copyright infringement but also returned a $1 billion verdict punishing the internet service provider for contributing to music piracy. Warner, Sony, Universal, EMI and other record labels are now looking to follow up on this win with another in a similar case against Charter Communications, but the defendant is pushing back with a broad challenge to ownership rights.

In Colorado federal court, Charter and the record labels have each briefed the judge on the issue of whether record labels improperly registered recordings as works for hire with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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