Feeds

Jurors badly miscalculate MP3.com damages

So, girls really do suck at math....

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Jurors inadvertently let MP3.com off the hook last week when they wrote down the wrong damages figure in a court case over copyright infringement.

On Friday the eight female jurors in a New York court, including one maths teacher, ordered the online music giant to pay around $300,000 to record label TVT (Tee Vee Toons). MP3.com was ecstatic, issuing a press release today crowing over victory. TVT had been asking for $8.5 million - and in the last year MP3.com has paid out around $130 million over copyright struggles with record companies.

But over the weekend red-faced jurors began informing US District Judge Jed Rakoff that they had messed up - they meant the total payout to be more in the $3 million area, Bloomberg reports. Many realised their mistake after reading about the case in the press.

"This matter is far from obvious in how it should be adjudicated," the judge said today.

It seems the problem could have been avoided with the help of a calculator. The jurors were asked to award damages regarding MP3.com posting online 145 CDs copyrighted to TVT. They had to decide how many copyrights the company had infringed, and how much it should pay. In court they announced their verdict in individual amounts, not as a grand total.

The judge told Bloomberg it was possible the jurors had decided on a total amount of damages, but divided it wrongly.

For example, two jurors left voicemail messages for a court clerk on Friday night saying that a $3,125 figure should have been $31,250.

No more details on the amount MP3.com will have to pay were not available - Rakoff summoned the jurors to a hearing this afternoon, but it was not open to the public. ®

Related Links

Bloomberg article
The MP3.com press release can be found here

Related Stories

MP3.com hit with another lawsuit
MP3.com squares Universal with $53.4m payout
MP3.com launches email war on congress

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'
Twenty-nine years later, post-Pepsi exec has flat-forehead moment
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.