Cox Communications ordered to pay $1 billion to music labels, publishers

A U.S. District Court jury on Thursday found Cox Communications, a telecom company, liable for the piracy infringement of more than 10,000 pieces of music, awarding $1 billion in statutory damages to the plaintiffs Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI, according to Billboard.

Why it matters via Axios' Ina Fried: In general, it has been individuals not internet service providers that have been held liable for piracy. "[S]imilar lawsuits ... have been filed against Charter, Charter subsidiary Bright House Networks, RCN, and Grande Communications," The Verge writes.

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" tops Billboard chart 25 years after release

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Mariah Carey during the grand opening of Sugar Factory American Brasserie, Sept. 6, 2017. Photo: Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Sugar Factory American Brasserie

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," originally released in 1994, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time this week.

Why it matters: The 25-year wait from the song's release to its place at No. 1 is the longest in Billboard history. It also adds to Carey's personal chart records — the song is now her 19th No. 1 (the most among solo artists; and overall trailing only The Beatles' 20) and her 80th week at No. 1 (Rihanna is closest at 60). It's also the first holiday No. 1 since The Chipmunks' "The Chipmunk Song" in 1959.

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