In the case of Bridgeport Music v. Justin Combs Publishing, UMG and Universal -- two of the most frequent RIAA plaintiffs -- successfully argued that a jury's award of punitive damages in a copyright infringement case, which exceeded the plaintiff's actual damages by a ratio of more than 10:1, was unconstitutional as being violative of due process.
[Ed. note. The jury's award in Capitol v. Thomas exceeded the plaintiffs' actual damages by a ratio of around 23,000:1. But UMG and Universal think that that was just hunky dory. -R.B.]
Bridgeport v. Justin, Brief of UMG and Universal, pp 59-64
Bridgeport v. Justin, Opinion of Court
Commentary & discussion:
Keywords: digital copyright law online internet law legal download upload peer to peer p2p file sharing filesharing music movies indie independent label freeculture creative commons pop/rock artists riaa independent mp3 cd favorite songs intellectual property