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19Jun/090

One Expensive Playlist…

As reported, the Jammie Thomas-Rasset verdict was announced, $1.92M to the music industry's largest players. This is after she "won" a retrial after the Judge ordered a retrial for an imprecise instruction in the first trial which the jury rendered a comparatively minuscule $222,000 verdict. But, as Thomas said, "Good luck trying to get it from me... it's like squeezing blood from a turnip." This reopens the question as to whether the sky is truly the limit as to damages. Especially as to statutory (compensatory) damages for copyright infringement, which is thousands of times more than the cost of the 24 songs she infringed.

Posted by David Hardoon

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