Intellectual property is to the digital age what physical goods were to the industrial age. Barack Obama believes we need to update and reform our copyright and patent systems to promote civic discourse, innovation and investment while ensuring that intellectual property owners are fairly treated.
On October 4, 2007, the jury impaneled in this case returned a verdict against Defendant, finding that Defendant willfully infringed 24 of the copyrighted sound recordings owned by Plaintiffs in this case. (Doc. No. 100). The jury further awarded statutory damages under 17 U.S.C. §504(c) to Plaintiffs in the amount of $9,250 per sound recording infringed by Defendant. ( Id.) On October 5, 2007, the Court entered a Judgment (Doc. No. 106) against Defendant in this matter, ordering Defendant liable for the following damages:
“Judgment is entered in favor of plaintiffs and against defendant as follows: Capitol Records, Inc. - $9,250 for 1 sound recording; Sony BMG Music Entertainment - $9,250 for each of the 6 sound recordings; Arista Records, LLC - $9,250 for each of the 2 sound recordings; Interscope Records - $9,250 for each of the 3 sound recordings; Warner Bros. - $9,250 for each of the 3 sound recordings; UMG Recordings, Inc. - $9,250 for each of the 9 sound recordings.”
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