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Constitutionality of RIAA Damages Challenged

January 4th, 2010 01:54 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes “In SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, defendant has filed a motion for new trial, attacking, among other things, the constitutionality of the jury’s $675,000 award as being violative of due process. In his 32-page brief [PDF], Tenenbaum argues that the award exceeded constitutional due process standards, both under the Court’s 1919 decision in St. Louis Railway v. Williams, as well as under its more recent authorities State Farm v. Campbell and BMW v. Gore. Defendant also argues that the Court’s application of fair use doctrine was incorrect, that statutory damages should not be imposed against music consumers, and that the Court erred in a key evidentiary ruling.”

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