A group of music recording companies have filed a complaint for copyright infringement against several branches of RCN Telecom Services at the US District Court for the District of New Jersey.
The plaintiffs, including Capitol Records, UMG Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Records, contended that the internet service providers “knowingly enabl[ed]” customers to pirate sound recordings online via BitTorrent networks.
Furthermore, it was alleged that the RCN company as a whole derived commercial benefits from such illicit activity from their subscribers, therefore demonstrating that they were aware of the “blatant infringements” taking place.
RCN’s provision of high-speed internet made it a popular provider for infringers. Since RCN was aware of the demand for its efficient services from infringers, it deliberately raised subscription fees to gain profits.
RCN also refused to terminate the accounts of known infringers in order to continue receiving their subscription fees; prior knowledge of their subscribers’ activity is also evidenced in Rightscorp’s reporting of over five million infringement notices.
The copyright infringement civil action concluded by seeking injunctive relief and statutory damages, as well as a jury trial.