STATUTORY DAMAGES FOR ONLINE FILE SHARING OF COPYRIGHTED VIDEOS ADDS UP

Thursday, June 8, 2017

In a copyright infringement case demonstrating the financial perils of Internet file sharing, Judge Paul W. Grimm entered default judgment for copyright infringement based on the defendant’s distribution of copyrighted adult films using a peer-to-peer file sharing system.  Judge Grimm granted plaintiff’s requested statutory damages of $750.00 per video (there were 25), for a total of $18,750.00, as well as plaintiff’s requested attorneys’ fees and costs and injunctive relief.  Malibu Media, LLC v. [Redacted], No. PWG-14-261, 2017 WL 633315 (D. Md. Feb. 15, 2017).