From Torrent Freak:
Last week the trial between Internet provider Cox Communications and BMG Rights Management began, a case that may prove crucial for determining how ISPs deal with piracy in the future.
The music group holds Cox responsible for not doing anything about subscribers who frequently pirate content, claiming millions in lost revenue.
During the trial hearings both sides presented their case and according to BMG the ISP has provided insufficient evidence to reasonably support its defense.
A few hours ago the music publisher submitted a new motion to the court. Instead of leaving it up to the jury, BMG asks the court to rule that Cox is responsible for the mass copyright infringements on its network.
“Cox has failed to controvert the evidence presented by BMG concerning the staggering amount of infringements of BMG’s copyrighted works committed by Cox’s subscribers,” the motion (pdf) begins.
“BMG has shown that Rightscorp detected approximately 1.847 million instances of infringement, where Cox subscribers offered BMG’s copyrighted works for download via the BitTorrent protocol,” it adds.
During the trial hearings BMG revealed that the tracking company Rightscorp downloaded more than 150,000 copies of their copyrighted works directly from Cox subscribers. Because Rightscorp doesn’t capture everything, the true figure is expected to be even higher.
In its defense, Cox pointed out that Rightscorp failed to preserve all copies of its tracking code. As a result, the company argued that the claimed copyright infringements can’t be fully trusted.
BMG disagreed with what it described as “unsupported assertions,” and…