Money for nothing
Originally posted 2012-06-21 10:41:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Dead horse? You’d think so. Copyright statutory damages, that is. We’ve been there, and done that, right?
Not according to Larry Zerner, who says the calls are still coming in:
Because my firm will sometimes handle copyright infringement cases on a contingency fee basis, I often get phone calls that go something like this.
Caller: I would like to sue someone for copyright infringement.
Me: Okay. What did they do?
Caller: They took a picture of mine and put it on their website.
Me: Are you a professional photographer?
Caller: No. But I registered the photograph with the Copyright Office. So now they owe me $150,000. Right? . . . Right?
This seems to be where the confusion comes in.
Well, see, that just means people aren’t reading the right blogs before picking up the phone! More:
[M]any people assume that I will jump at the chance to represent them on a contingency fee basis, because I will certainly be able to get a jury to award damages of $150,000 The problem is that they are not looking at the case realistically. Reader, ask yourself this question. If you were on a jury and had to decide statutory damages on a case where the sole infringement was that a photograph was put up on a website, are you going to give that photographer $150,000. Probably not.
He’s right, of course. Except when he’s wrong. But, no, he’s right.