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RIAA's Tenenbaum verdict cut from $675k to $67.5k

NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) writes | more than 3 years ago

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NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) writes "In SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the Court has reduced the jury's award from $675,000, or $22,500 per infringed work, to $67,500, or $2,250 per infringed work, on due process grounds, holding that the jury's award was unconstitutionally excessive. In a 64-page decision (PDF), District Judge Nancy Gertner ruled that the Gore, Campbell, and Williams line of cases was applicable to determining the constitutionality of statutory damages awards, that statutory damages must bear a reasonable relationship to the actual damages, and that the usual statutory damages award in even more egregious commercial cases is from 2 to 6 times the actual damages. However, after concluding that the actual damages in this case were ~ $1 per infringed work, she entered a judgment for 2250 times that amount. Go figure."
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Contradictions (1)

wraithguard01 (1159479) | more than 3 years ago | (#32857770)

Yeah, the court system is blatantly contradictory of itself. I understand laws change over time, but the thing is, they should change consistently.
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