Rubbing Salt in the Cox Wound
In a case last year that exposed the differing approaches of the Australian and US courts on ISP liability for copyright infringement by an ISP's users, Cox Communications in the US was slammed with a USD25 million damages award
by a US jury. We wrote about the case
last year and also noted it was likely a New Zealand court would follow the Australian approach.
In the latest development in the US case however, after failing in its efforts to overturn the original decision, to rub salt in the wound, the court has made a USD8 million costs award against Cox
. With revenues of USD10 billion, a total bill of USD33 million is not going to cause any financial difficulties for Cox group, but, even so, for a copyright case, that's a sizable loss.