Damages Reduced for a Second Time in Illegal Music Sharing Case against Minnesota Woman

As reported by the Duluth News Tribune , U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis has reduced the $ 1.5 million verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota woman found liable for illegally sharing 24 songs online. The award, which was reduced to $54,000 or $2,250 per song, mirrors Davis' ...

European Court Refuses to Force ISP’s Installation of System for Monitoring/Filtering Out Unlawful Music Sharing

The European Court of Justice (Third Chamber) recently ruled that general, indiscriminate monitoring cannot be forced upon ISPs in the event of illegal music sharing. The ruling, a setback for copyright representative Société belge des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs SCRL (SABAM...

Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP: Sentences of Pirate Bay Founders Are Confirmed, But They May Avoid the Brig

By Lisa Tittemore , Chair of the Copyright Practice Group T he jig is up for the brazen anti-copyright activists at The Pirate Bay. In April 2009, the men behind the once-popular Swedish file-sharing website were found guilty of violating Swedish copyright law. As we reported , the Swedish court's...

New Legislation and Consumer Education May Help Stem Digital Piracy

As the entertainment and software industries struggle with the widespread problem of digital piracy, the U.S. government is wrestling with ways it can address the epidemic without infringing on free speech. Recent attempts to address the problem-including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the...