Friday, August 17, 2007

Judgment Entered Against RIAA for $68,685.23 in Attorneys Fees in Capitol v. Foster

The Court has entered judgment against the RIAA for the $68,685.23 in attorneys fees it awarded to the prevailing defendant, in Capitol v. Foster.

According to a report in Ars Technica, the RIAA is planning to pay the judgment within 10 days of its entry, rather than appeal.

Order Granting Motion for Judgment to be Entered on Attorneys Fees*
Judgment for Attorneys Fees*

* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation

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2 comments:

AMD FanBoi said...

Now can she appeal the reduced award? As far as I can tell, the judge bought into every RIAA argument to whittle it down, while their own attorneys bill double the amount, and don't need to perform nearly the amount of research that a newer attorney to this field needs to do, given their overall familiarity with these issues.

If one purpose of the Copyright Act is to fully compensate meritorious litigants on either side of the issue, then I feel that has not been fully done here.

Ray Beckerman said...

Yes she could appeal from it. I agree with you. I think Judge West went overboard on knocking the award down. Sure the amount of time spent on the case was excessive; but that wasn't defendant's fault.

I personally would enjoy seeing an appeal. I am sure that the RIAA's legal bills will then become a matter of public record, and I'm dying to see them. I'll wager they were a lot more than the $114,000 Ms. Foster incurred.