The RIAA came up with a figure that most people would find to be astounding. They want LimeWire to pay them $72 trillion. The RIAA feels that since LimeWire allowed thousands, (or maybe millions), of people to illegally download one, or more than one, of the 11,000 songs that the RIAA owns that it means the members of the RIAA are now entitled to statutory damages for every single illegal download that occurred.
Judge Kimba Wood has called that figure “absurd”. Judge Wood went on to say, in a recent decision:
Thank you Judge Wood.
I understand the importance of property in commerce... but when a company can issue a legal complaint with such an asinine claim as to have been deprived of 72 trillion dollars, well... we have come to the point of asking hard questions about what is reasonably tolerable in the way of claims.
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