August 2009


Traverse Internet Law continues to monitor the Courts for decisions and judgments of legal import. A federal jury on Friday returned a judgment in favor of the Recording Industry Assocation of America against a Boston University graduate student for $675,000 for copying 30 songs. This is the second big judgment entered recently against copyright infringers of music online. Charles Neeson, lawyer for the defendant, had asked the jury to return a minimal judgment and send a message out to the music industry to stop pursuing these types of cases. The jury did not agree, and at Traverse Internet Law we continue to believe that the best approach when caught with infringing materials is to consider negotiating a resolution rather than risking both financial ruin (the defendant is threatening bankruptcy) and, just as importantly, reputational devastation from all the attendant publicity.

Traverse Internet Law‘s John W Dozier Jr, author of Google Bomb , a book about online defamation on your bookstore shelves September 1, 2009, reports that five former employees of a Guess Jeans founder have been awarded $370 Million by a Los Angeles jury for defamation related to comments contained in emails and other communications sent by the defendant, Georges Marciano. Mr. Marciano is currently running for California governor. Traverse  Internet Law will continue to monitor developments.