Charter Doesn’t Want Subs Facing the Music


Charter Communications Inc. is seeking to prevent the recording industry from forcing it to reveal names of its high-speed-data subscribers who have allegedly shared copyrighted music over the Internet, AP reported.

In a filing Tuesday, the MSO cited the Dec. 19 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which found that the recording industry can't force Internet providers to identify music downloaders.

"Just like Verizon [Communications], we are a conduit for information," Charter general counsel Curt Shaw told AP Tuesday. "We don't believe Charter should be subjected to these subpoenas, either."

Shaw was referring to U.S. District Judge John D. Bates’ decision to force Verizon to turn over the names and addresses of at least four of its subscribers, which was overturned in Friday’s ruling.

Charter has turned over information on some 200 high-speed-data customers due to a ruling by St. Louis U.S. District Court Judge Carol Jackson last month.