Feeds

Jurors badly miscalculate MP3.com damages

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

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

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

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?