Due Process Covers File-Sharing Fines, US Tells 8th Circ.

Law360, New York (March 23, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Attorney General's Office on Thursday weighed in on a suit by record labels against a woman who allegedly pirated music, telling the Eighth Circuit it should rule against her argument that Copyright Act statutory damages violate the due process clause.

In the underlying complaint — brought by major record companies Capitol Records Inc., Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Arista Records LLC, Interscope Records, Warner Brothers Records Inc. and UMG Recordings Inc. — a lower court jury found Jammie Thomas-Rasset liable for willful infringement of 24...
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