The court found that defendants willfully infringed EMI's copyrights in the four musical compositions at issue and awarded EMI $25,000 for infringement of each composition (total $100,000) for which all defendants -- corporate and individual -- shall be jointly and severally liable.
The Court had previously granted EMI summary judgment on liability as to sales on or after January 14, 2002 of albums containing the four musical compositions. 603 F. Supp.2d 759 (SDNY 2009). Now, the Court analyzed EMI's statutory damages request and found that defendants infringement was willful based on defendants industry experience and copyright ownership, prior lawsuit regarding similar practices and a specific warning. The next step was determining the amount of damages ($25,000 per work) and then analyzing whether the individual defendants should be jointly and severally liable. They were because they had the right and ability to supervise the infringing activity and a direct financial interest in such activities.