The St. Louis-based U.S. Court of Appeals said in an opinion today that the record companies, which appealed the district court’s decision to assess $54,000 in damages against Jammie Thomas-Rasset, were entitled to the larger amount. The case has been tried three times before juries.
U.S. District Judge Michael Davis in July 2011 reduced the third jury’s $1.5 million damage award to $54,000, or $2,250 for each of 24 recordings infringed. The music labels appealed to reinstate the first jury’s award of $222,000. The U.S. also appealed, to defend the assessment of damage awards under the federal Copyright Act.
“We are pleased with the appellate court’s decision and look forward to putting this case behind us,” the Recording Industry Association of America, the record companies’ trade group, said in an e-mailed statement.
The downloaded songs included Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Richard Marx’s “Now and Forever,” Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” and Green Day’s “Basket Case.
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Source: Business Week