Respect the Copyright : $5000 Default Damages

A recent default judgment from Chief Judge Mosman out of the District of Oregon states parties that ignore copyright claims may be facing stiffer penalties.

In Automata Productions v. Sperry, Oregon 3:15-cv-02283-MO, Chief Judge Mosman writes:

Statutory damages pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 504 are awarded to plaintiff in the amount of $5,000 to give the statute full force and effect and indicate to the general public that plaintiff’s claims and these proceedings should not be disregarded or ignored.

Whatever else Mr. Sperry may be, he is now a part of a message to the public that copyright violations are to be taken seriously.

The full text may be found at:  USDC Oregon 3:15-cv-02283-MO Judgment and Order


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