Record Labels to get user data from Popular ISP Company
Charter Communications, a well-known Internet Service Provider (ISP), is being forced to hand over users’ data to music recording companies.
This comes amid a legal battle between Charter and these music copyright holders.
The Record Companies are asking for user information from anyone who received a “copyright infringement” notice from Charter, which totals over 11,000 people.
Several lawsuits have been filed against Charter for failing to terminate repeat infringers, which finally led to a “settlement”.
After multiple attempts to obtain data from users, the court turned to attorney Regina Rodríguez to find a solution.
His court order concluded the following:
- Charter must provide details of all commercial subscribers who received notices (638 total)
- Charter will deliver the data of the users who received the most notifications (112 subscribers)
- Charter will also share details of subscribers who responded to its copyright infringement notices (38 total)
While this is less than the 11,000 original users that Recording Companies initially requested, it is still a large group of people who will share their data.
This isn’t the first time we have seen user data handed over for alleged copyright infringement. In 2019, CotoMovies agreed to release the data of the users of the application to the authorities:
CotoMovies developer intends to deliver user data
In addition to the data that Charter must provide, Rodríguez also ruled that the ISP must provide records to link IP addresses with the offending subscribers. Its ruling stated the following:
Defandant is ordered to produce enough information for Plaintiffs to match the IP addresses contained in the infringement notices served at Charter with private subscribers.
You can read the entire court order using the following link:
Charter Order of Charter Communications
It’s unclear what music companies plan to do with this user data, but it’s a strong reminder of the importance of a VPN.