October 17, 2007 | News

Firm participates in appealing excessive damages award in hip-hop sampling case and Sixth Circuit vacates award in part

In a case involving a musical sample on the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 album Ready to Die, Jonathan D. Davis, P.C. and Nashville co-counsel successfully obtained a significant decrease in the amount of damages awarded to plaintiffs.

After the District Court found that the sample used on Ready to Die infringed plaintiff's copyright, it awarded statutory, compensatory, and punitive damages in excess of $4.5 million. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the inclusion of compounded interest in the award, as well as the award of $3.5 million in punitive damages.

The Sixth Circuit's decision is available here.

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