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Obama Sides With RIAA, Supports $150,000 Fine per Music Track
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 08:39:48 -0400



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From: No-Name <labmanager () gmail com>
Date: March 26, 2009 8:06:56 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Obama Sides With RIAA, Supports $150,000 Fine per Music Track

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/03/obama-sides-wit.html


"The Obama administration for the first time is weighing in on a Recording Industry Association of America file sharing lawsuit and is supporting hefty awards of as much as $150,000 per purloined music track. The government said the damages range of $750 to $150,000 per violation of the Copyright Act was warranted.

"The remedy of statutory damages for copyright infringement has been the cornerstone of our federal copyright law since 1790, and Congress acted reasonably in crafting the current incarnation of the statutory damages provision," Michelle Bennett, a Department of Justice trial attorney wrote (.pdf) Sunday to a Massachusetts federal judge weighing challenge to the Copyright Act."








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