Below is the video of Andrew’s PLI talk on April 30 at the 2010 Advance Copyright Seminar. He explains when you must register with the Copyright Office to be entitled to statutory damages; the number of awards of statutory damages you may be entitled to when multiple parties infringe your work multiple times; when your infringed copyrights will qualify as “works” eligible for statutory damages and where in the range—from innocence to willfulness—infringing conduct falls and the statutory damages that may be assessed for that conduct. Andrew also updates on the Capitol Records v. Thomas case and the unique issues raised by the prospect of a third trial this fall.
Other Posts About Statutory Damages in Copyright Litigation
Want to read Parts I, II and III of the posts that attempt to clear up other common misconceptions about statutory damages in copyright litigation? See link (Part I), link (Part II ) and link (Part III). To read some later posts criticizing the decision in Sony BMG v. Tenenbaum slashing the jury’s verdict by 90% go to link and link. For a post discussing some of the issues raised by the upcoming third trial in Capitol v. Thomas-Rasset case go to link. Still have questions about statutory damages in copyright litigation and want to see a video answering those questions, go to link or want to read an article about statutory damages written for non-lawyers, go here. Also see this link explaining when a copyrighted work qualifies as a work for purposes of fixing statutory damages and another link explaining the one work limitation set forth in the last sentence of 17 U.S.C. § 504 (c)(1).