Posts Tagged ‘jury verdict’
  1. January 10, 2012

    Why It’s Difficult to Predict the Amount of Statutory Damages Plaintiff Will Be Awarded in Copyright Litigation-Revised Version

              Mastering Rubik’s Cube may be easier. Predicting the amount of statutory damages that will be awarded in copyright infringement litigation continues to confound attorneys on both sides of the fence. Why? Here are some reasons. But first a few words of explanation.  I originally wrote this post in April of 2010. I decided to update it after some of the cases I mentioned went through further appeals and retrials. 

  2. September 28, 2011

    The First Circuit’s Decision in Sony v. Tenenbaum is a Welcome Victory for Copyright Holders In Copyright Infringement Cases

      Copyright creators should applaud the First Circuit’s decision in Sony v. Tenenbaum. Although the holding is narrow, the balance of the opinion is a resounding victory for copyright enforcement. District Judge Nancy Gertner in this case held unconstitutional a jury award of statutory damages even though the award was within the statutory range that Congress had set.

  3. April 22, 2011

    Arista Records v. Lime Wire: Did the Record Companies Forfeit the Right to Collect from Lime Wire As Much as $15.6 Million By Recovering Less than $48,000 from Other Infringers in Earlier Actions?

      Lime Wire continues to educate regarding statutory damages. The latest novel issue it decided is whether a judgment for statutory damages against an individual infringer for copyright infringement of a work in one action bars a statutory award in a second action against a secondarily liable defendant who induced that infringement. In other words where two (or more) infringers are jointly and severally liable, does recovery of an award of statutory damages against one infringer in one action bar a statutory award against the other infringer in a second action.

  4. April 20, 2011

    Arista Records v. Lime Wire Answers Some Novel Questions re Statutory Damages In Copyright Litigation

      The Arista Records v. Lime Wire litigation in the Southern District of N.Y., headed for a jury trial in early May, is a statutory damages tutorial. Judge Kimba Wood  has decided a number of issues of first impression dealing with the availability of statutory damages in copyright litigation involving secondary and joint and several liability. The statutory damage issues, now answered, include: 1.

  5. September 3, 2010

    Sony BMG v. Tenenbaum: Are Willful Infringers In Copyright Litigation Now Judicially Protected?

    On July 9, Judge Nancy Gertner in Sony BMG v. Tenenbaum did what no court has ever done before. The court held unconstitutional an award of statutory damages in copyright litigation even though the award was within the statutory range set by Congress. This ruling, if affirmed on appeal, will change the shape of copyright litigation for years to come.

  6. March 20, 2010

    Confused about Statutory Damages in Copyright Litigation? Join the Club. Here Are Some Answers (Part I)

    Confused about statutory damages in copyright litigation? You are in good company. There are limitations on the availability and amount of  statutory damages and the parties against whom statutory damages will be individually assessed, all of which create misunderstandings by parties on both sides of the fence. Copyright holders mistakenly assert they are entitled to statutory damages for an infringement that occurs after they registered their work, even when this infringement continues a pattern of infringement that began before registration.