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March 23, 2009

Obama Administration Supports Damages in P2P Case, Files Brief

The Obama administration has filed a brief supporting statutory damages as reasonable in the Massachusetts trial for copyright infringement via P2P.  The plaintiff is the RIAA, and the defendant is Joel Tennenbaum.  He's being defended by Professor Charles Nesson and his Harvard class.  The Obama administration move is hardly a surprise.  If the administration felt strongly about this issue, it would have proposed legislation changing the damages scheme.  If anything, Congress will likely tighten up penalties for digital copying rather than easing up.  More in CNET which also notes how high ranking IP attorneys who worked for the RIAA are taking high ranking positions in the Justice Department..

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