TVT'S Damages Award Jumps From $300K To $3M

By | April 10, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Original jury decision to award no damages for copyright infringment by is reversed by federal judge.

A federal judge has increased TVT Records’ $297,873 award to about $3 million. The independent label won its copyright infringement suit against online music company on Friday. U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff spoke with attorneys for TVT and to notify them of his decision to amend the award handed down buy the Jury. TVT had sought $8.5 million in damages from but the jury awarded no damages based upon proof of lost revenue. The jury found infringed 145 copyrights, significantly fewer than the 1,000 infringements TVT claimed.

The increase in the award to TVT was made when several jurors contacted Judge Rakoff over the weekend, telling him that they had intended to award $3 million, not $300,000. It is expected that will appeal the Court’s decision, seeking to reduce the TVT penalty and lower any future copyright liabilities by convincing the court that recordings made as “work for hire’ cannot be claimed to have been infringed. still faces copyright infringement lawsuits filed by independent labels including Zomba Music and EMusic.

Still, the $3 million is significantly less than the $53.4 million paid to Universal Music Group to end a copyright infringement suit brought by that company. In all, has paid an estimated $163 million to the five major label groups and the National Music Publishers Association to settle copyright infringement claims.