April 19, 2011

Plaintiff Cannot Swap Election Of Statutory Damages

Arista Records LLC v. Lime Group LLC, NYLJ 1202490027721, at *1 (SDNY, Decided April 11, 2011)

The Court finds that Defendants would be unduly prejudiced if Plaintiffs were permitted to amend their election of remedies under the Copyright Act, just one month before trial. Accordingly, Plaintiffs may not seek to recover actual damages for those sound recordings with respect to which they have already elected to recover statutory damages.