Damages awards in copyright cases are getting more ridiculous. Already, the few people that did put up a fight in lawsuits like these are millions of dollars in debt.
Their number is growing, one man from Hampton, Virginia has to pay $1.5 million, €1.16 million to adult entertainment company Flava Works.
His crime was to share 10 movies that he bought digitally from the company, on BitTorrent. The, let's just say "male bonding," movies were downloaded a total of 3,449 times.
At the very least, he's the actual source of the pirated material, so a harsher penalty may be warranted. But $1.5 million for 10 movies and less than 3,500 downloads seems more than a bit exaggerated.
The fact that the man didn't even show up to defend himself didn't help. In fact, that's what led to the huge damages, the maximum sum for willful infringement was awarded, $150,000 per title.