Man Should Pay $675K For 30 Songs: Record Cos.

Law360, New York (October 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT) -- A former undergraduate student who distributed 30 songs using file-sharing services should pay the $675,000 in copyright infringement damages a jury demanded, record companies have told a federal appeals court.

The four major record companies argued in a brief filed Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that a trial judge’s reduction of the penalty — to $67,500, or exactly 10 percent of the jury’s damages finding — was wrongheaded.

“Juries have been entrusted with awarding statutory damages in copyright infringement cases...
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