ljaszcza writes: Daily Tech brings us a story about Sony. It seems that the Mexican Police raided Sony's offices and seized over 6000 music CDs after a protest from the artist, Alejandro Fernandez. It seems that Fernandez signed a seven album deal with Sony Music then left for Universal. During the time with Sony, he recorded other songs that did not make it into the agreed upon seven albums, Sony Music took it upon themselves to collect that material and release it as a eight album. Fernandez disagrees claiming that he fulfilled the contract with Sony and residual material is his.
Hmm. Using precedent from the Jammie Thomas infringement and distribution case, we have $80,000/song. Sony vs. Joel Tenenbaum was $22,500/song. So, as a commenter points out 6397 CDs at an average of 8 songs/CD is 51176 infringing, songs, with (IMHO) intent to distribute. The damages to Fernandez should be $1,151,460,000 using the Tenenbaum precedent or $4,094,080,000 using the Thomas precedent.
Seems very straight-forward to me. Any comments on what Sony is likely to face? Other than a slap on the wrist from our RIAA controlled judiciary and Justice dept.?
Here is another link: http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i418c5bc24c7b68c55ff2356aef63ae05