October 12, 2012

$6.6 Million Copyright Infringement Judgment In Lyrics Website Case

Peermusic III v. Live Universe, Inc., No. 2:09-cv-06160 (C.D. Cal. filed Oct. 9, 2012) [Doc. 215].

Defendants operated song lyric websites that infringed copyrights held by a group of music publishers.  The company was run by the co-founder of MySpace Inc.  The Court granted a default judgment to plaintiffs and awarded statutory damages in the sum of $12,500 per each of the 528 songs shown to be infringed for a total of $6,600,000.  Plaintiffs were also awarded their attorneys fees.

Kudos to my former colleagues Paul Fakler and Ross Charap, who represented Plaintiffs.