Universal Music eist een schadevergoeding van $450 miljoen dollar tegen MP3.com vanwege de CD's die illegaal van MyMP3.com zijn neergehaald. Vergeleken met de andere platenmaatschappijen als Sony en Warner die zo'n $20 miljoen kregen is dit bedrag absurd hoog en zou waarschijnlijk het einde voor MP3.com betekenen. Onderstaande quote is geleend van dit Register artikel:
Universal's lawyers want $45,000 for each of the 10,000 CDs it reckons MP3.com illegally copied for the MyMP3.com 'virtual CD library' service.
In total, Universal's request is way above the $20 million MP3.com is believed to have paid out to each of the other four major music labels - Sony, EMI, BMG and Warner - that sued it earlier this year. MP3.com settled with those plaintiffs out of court - in Sony's case mere weeks before the damages hearing was due to begin.
In response to the Universal request, MP3.com's lawyer, Michael Rhodes, told the court that such a sum "could never be satisfied and would end up being the largest paper award in history". His implication is that MP3.com would be put out of business by such a sum. Earlier in the hearing, Rhodes claimed that that was Universal's goal and the motivation behind its refusal to settle out of court.
Universal said it wants the presiding judge, US District Court Judge Jed Rakoff, to impose damages on such as scale both as a punishment for MP3.com and as a deterrent to other would-be copyright violators.
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