Saturday, March 21, 2009
Free Software Foundation files amicus brief on statutory damages in Tenenbaum case
The Free Software Foundation -- represented by Ray Beckerman -- has sought permission to file an amicus brief in the Joel Tenenbaum case, arguing that constitutional limits on punitive damages should be applied to statutory damages in copyright cases. The proposed amicus brief was filed in connection with Tenenbaum's motion to dismiss the record label plaintiffs' claim for statutory damages -- a motion that Beckerman has previously criticized (see comments) as failing to cite relevant cases. The labels' arguments on statutory damages are here (see esp. pages 17-20).