Digital Music Piracy and Statutory Damage Availability

Copyright provisions are constantly applied to Internet distribution of digital music. The availability of digital music is becoming more common despite the extensive litigation and cease and desist letters that have been used to resolve the issue. The culpability of Internet sites has come under fire many times but disputes are still ongoing. Rock stars Bob Dylan, Billy Joel and James Taylor filed a lawsuit against Vivendi Universal's music Web site for allegedly distributing their songs without authorization. Statutory damages may be sought in Internet piracy cases.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Has a court in a similar case awarded statutory damages?
How can another’s copyrighted work be used lawfully?
What are the myths involving copyrights and the need to secure permission before using these works?


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