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Jury Smacks Wu-Tang Label With $200K Copyright Verdict

Law360, New York (March 4, 2015, 6:54 PM EST) -- A Manhattan jury on Wednesday hit Soul Temple, a record label with ties to the Wu-Tang Clan, with a $200,000 copyright infringement verdict for willfully grabbing two images of boomboxes produced by Lyle Owerko from the Internet for use on Wu-Tang rapper U-God's 2013 solo album “The Keynote Speaker” and related merchandise.

The civil jury consisting of four men and two women needed only about 40 minutes to find against Soul Temple, which  conceded it infringed the images in a trial before Manhattan U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis but contested the issue of willfulness.

Jurors assessed statutory damages toward the...

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September 12, 2013