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“p2pnet was the first to reveal Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music, directly and via their appendages and their RIAA, figured LimeWire owed them not thousands, not millions, not billions, but trillions of dollars”, we posted this morning.
“If anyone has ever wondered if Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music and their RIAA have lost it, they should wonder no more”, we said at the time, going on >>>
“The corks were popping over in LaLa land”, said p2pnet in the middle of May.
That was because judge Kimba Wood had ruled LimeWire infringes copyright.
Now it looks as though one Kelly M. Klaus of Munger, Tolles & Olson, yet another RIAA posse, wants Wood to order LimeWire owner Mark Gorton to pay $1,500,000,000,000 for 200,000,000 alleged downloads, at $750 per.
To whom? To Arista Records, Atlantic Recording, BMG Music, Capitol records, Electra Entertaiment, Interscope Records, Motown Recording, Priority Records, LaFace Records, Sony BMG (?), UMG Recordings and Warner Bros Records.
That’s one point five trillion dollars.
If you think that’s ridiculous, bear in mind the labels were once awarded almost $2 million because Jammie Thomas-Rasset allegedly downloaded 24 copyrighted songs.
It seems, however, we got the amount wrong.
Now, “Does $75 trillion even exist?” – asks the American Lawyer >>>
“The thirteen record companies that are suing file-sharing company Lime Wire for copyright infringement certainly thought so”, it says. “When they won a summary judgment ruling last May they demanded damages that could reach this mind-boggling amount, which is more than five times the national debt.”
The Big 4 had demanded damages ranging from $400 billion to $75 trillion, arguing Section 504(c)(1) of the Copyright Act “provided for damages for each instance of infringement where two or more parties were liable”, says the post, continuing Manhattan federal district court judge Kimba Wood “held that the damage award would be staggering under this interpretation”
“As defendants note, plaintiffs are suggesting an award that is ‘more money than the entire music recording industry has made since Edison’s invention of the phonograph in 1877″, she wrote, labelling the damages request ‘absurd’ and contrary to copyright laws, limiting damages to one damage award per work.
American Lawyer has LimeWire’ attorney, Joseph Baio joking the money would be better spent on paying for health care, or wiping out the US national debt.
The damages trial begins on May 2, it says.
Stay tuned …
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