CSUSA Media Library: Session Details

Session Name: $80,000 a Song?
MeetingType: Chapter Meeting
Date: 11/18/09
Description: A song download costs some 99 cents on iTunes. In contrast, in July of this year, Jammie Thomas was ordered to pay damages of $80,000 per song, for each of the 24 songs she was found liable for infringing, for a total of $1.92 million -- although the judge in her case had found the jury’s previous $222,000 award “oppressive.” Joel Tenenbaum was ordered to pay damages of $22,500 for each of the 30 songs he was found to have infringed, for a total of $675,000. Are these per song statutory damages constitutional? Are they likely to be effective in deterring infringement? The EFF and others are questioning these awards, and the PRO-IP Act’s per song statutory damages provision. Making available issues are also implicated, and we wonder about the upcoming role of the Copyright Czar . . .
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Speaker(s): Jennifer Pariser, Ray Beckerman
Moderator(s): Derek Bambauer
Keywords: Damages, File Sharing, Infringement, Litigation, Music