Judge Nixes Viacom’s Bid For Punitive Damages

Law360, New York (March 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal court has shot down Viacom’s bid for punitive damages in its copyright suit against Google and its video-sharing site, YouTube.

Judge Louis L. Stanton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held Friday that common-law punitive damages cannot be recovered under the Copyright Act and denied Viacom’s motion for leave to amend its complaint.

Viacom’s complaint still seeks statutory damages under the Copyright Act or, in the alternative, actual damages plus profits.

The plaintiff media conglomerate had argued that...
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