Internet provider Grande Communications is appealing a jury verdict that awarded $47 million in piracy damages to several record labels. The ISP hoped to do so without posting a multi-million dollar bond but after the music companies opposed it, the request was denied by the court.
Last fall, a Texas federal jury found Grande Communications liable for willful contributory copyright infringement and ordered the ISP to pay $47 million in damages to a group of record labels.
District Court Judge David Ezra confirmed the judgment in January. This was a clear mistake, according to Grande, which hoped to have it overturned.
In March, the Internet provider filed a renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law. Put simply, Grande wanted the Judge to overrule the jury. This is warranted if the evidence clearly weighs in favor of the requesting party but when a jury finds otherwise.
If that was not an option, the ISP asked the…