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RICHMOND, Va. — A recent federal appeals court ruling provides significant guidance on the obligations imposed on internet service providers to terminate repeat infringers under the DMCA.

Earlier this month, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Circuit affirmed a trial judge’s determination that cable giant Cox Communications Inc.’s lax policy toward piracy made it ineligible for a safe harbor statute that generally shields service providers from liability for their subscribers’ copyright infringement.