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Court Awards Statutory Copyright Infringement Damages of $750 Per Infringement

In a May 22, 2014 ruling, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer granted the plaintiffs’ unopposed motion to award statutory copyright damages of $750 for each of three copyrights that the defendant had previously been found to infringe. Although the Court did not reach the issue of whether the infringement was innocent, Judge Engelmayer wrote that the $750 award was justified irrespective of the innocence of the infringement. The Court also dismissed the plaintiffs’ motion to voluntarily dismiss with prejudice their remaining claims, finding that a dismissal with prejudice will benefit, not harm, the defendant.
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