Tuesday, July 01, 2008

What is this "due process" thing all about

Originally uploaded by kdborden86
The Motion Picture Association of America said Friday intellectual-property holders should have the right to collect damages, perhaps as much as $150,000 per copyright violation, without having to prove infringement.

"It is often very difficult, and in some cases, impossible, to provide such direct proof when confronting modern forms of copyright infringement, whether over P2P networks or otherwise; understandably, copyright infringers typically do not keep records of infringement," MPAA attorney Marie L. van Uitert wrote Friday to the federal judge overseeing the Jammie Thomas trial. [Wired]
The theory almost makes sense.
The MPAA... told Judge Davis that peer-to-peer users automatically should be liable for infringement. "The only purpose for placing copyrighted works in the shared folder is, of course, to 'share,' by making those works available to countless other P2P networks," the MPAA wrote.
Saw it at the Consumerist.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

$150,000 per pop? Woohoo! This could be a great thing for ARTC!

(Thinking of the S. Gross cartoon showing a blind man holding a cup of pencils, labeled 'Pencils -- $150,000 Each' and thinking 'If I can just sell ONE...')