3 Count: Charter Lawsuit

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1: Music Labels Sue Charter, Complain That High Internet Speeds Fuel Piracy

First off today, Jon Brodkin at Ars Technica reports that, hot on the heels of their lawsuit against Bright House, the major music companies have filed a separate lawsuit against the company’s current owner, Charter Communications.

According to the lawsuit, Charter advertised its high speeds and encouraged users to engage in piracy with quotes such as “download 8 songs in 3 seconds” but then failed to meet its obligations under the law to terminate repeat infringers.

The lawsuit follows the one last week against Bright House, a ISP that Charter purchased in 2016, and also follows previous lawsuits against Cox Communications and Grande Communications, both of which have had some success in court.

2: Police and FACT Raids Target “£3 Million” Pirate TV Operation

Next up today, Andy at Torrentfreak writes that the UK police and Trading Standards officers have teamed up with the anti-piracy group FACT to raid a UK pirate TV operation that is estimated to be worth some £3 Million ($4 million).

The police raided a shop in Ilford and have seized an estimated £100,000 ($132,000) worth of equipment. The shop is accused of being the home base for a pirate TV operation that widely distributed content from providers such as Sky, Virgin and BT.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud. The service is estimated to have generated some £600,000 ($792,000) per year from approximately 3,000 subscribers. A list of the subscribers was found in the shop.

3: Discovery Joins ACE’s Legal Fight Against Piracy

Finally today, a press release from the Alliance for Creativity & Entertainment (ACE) reports that the anti-piracy organization has secured three new members including Discovery, Telefe, a free to air channel in Argentina, and Channel 5, a free-to-air channel in the UK.

ACE was founded in June 2017 as a collaboration between both mainstream movie/television companies as well as streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix and Hulu. The goal is to combat piracy by pooling resources and expertise.

The organization has continually expanded since its inception and currently boasts more than 30 members from around the globe.

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