Sony lawyer: $150K damages per song “certainly” appropriate

15 06 2009

How much cash do the record labels deserve for Jammie Thomas-Rasset’s alleged copyright infringement? Defense lawyer Kiwi Camara pressed Sony Entertainment’s Gary Leak on that point today, trying to force him to pick a number. Leak refused to be baited. It was “impossible to determine harm” in this case, he said, which is why the labels want statutory damages that can range from 0 to 0,000 per song.

Camara pressed again. “A message should be sent,” Leak said. But Camara wanted numbers; what, in Leak’s view, did Thomas-Rasset owe Sony?

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