UK authorities are preparing to take action against the US over copyright infringement over the book “Cox Communications” after the publisher withdrew its legal challenge to the British copyright ruling.
The US publisher, which is based in New York, said it was withdrawing its legal action after being approached by British authorities.
“Cablevision decided to withdraw its legal case against the UK and we are now preparing to act on this decision,” said David Bailey, a UK official responsible for copyright.
“The legal action that we are preparing will give us the opportunity to put pressure on Cox Communications and other companies that may have a similar case against them.”
The decision by Cablevision comes amid the controversy over the UK’s ruling that Cox Communications must pay damages of £10.2m to copyright holders over the publication of a story about its cable TV channel.
The BBC reported that Cablevision had been planning to take the legal action since at least March.
Cablevision is the largest cable operator in the UK, and owns the Channel 4 channel and several other channels, including Sky and Virgin.
UK authorities have been seeking the payment of damages for more than a year and have argued that Cox is the owner of copyright to the story, which was published in January 2016.
Cable TV channels have been the subject of legal action by broadcasters including Channel 4 and Sky, as well as some UK media companies.
The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) said it had been investigating whether Cox had infringed copyright on a number of UK media properties and had received advice that the book should be included in the lawsuit.
CableTV, which operates around the UK in England and Wales, has denied the claims.
“We have not and will not be taking any further action on behalf of the copyright owners of the Cox Communications book, which they have withdrawn from the legal proceedings,” CableTV said in a statement.
“Our view is that there is no copyright issue with the book and that Cox has a legitimate and valid claim for compensation.
We remain confident that we have a strong legal case.”
A statement from the UK Intellectual Property office said that it was also looking into the “serious claims” from Cox Communications.
Cable operators have also faced legal challenges in the US, which has been seeking damages for over a year.
US law allows a court to award damages if a copyright owner files a copyright claim against a cable operator.
Cable channels have also argued that the British ruling is not legally binding.