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Nos. 10-1883, 10-1947 & 10-2052
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IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE FIRST CIRCUIT SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, a Delaware General Partnership;WARNER BROS. RECORDS, INC.,a Delaware Corporation; ATLANTICRECORDING CORPORATION, a Delaware Corporation; ARISTA RECORDS,LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company; UMG RECORDINGS, INC., aDelaware Corporation; UNITED STATES,Plaintiffs-Appellants/Cross-Appellees,v.JOEL TENENBAUM,Defendant-Appellee/Cross-Appellant.__________________________ ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS BRIEF FOR THE UNITES STATES ASPLAINTIFF-APPELLANT/CROSS-APPELLEE_____________________________ TONY WESTAssistant Attorney GeneralCARMEN ORTIZUnited States AttorneySCOTT R. McINTOSH(202) 514-4052JEFFREY CLAIR (202) 514-4028Attorneys, Civil DivisionRoom 7243, Department of Justice950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.Washington, D.C. 20530
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Case: 10-1883 Document: 00116129389 Page: 1 Date Filed: 10/29/2010 Entry ID: 5499367
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Page
STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1STATEMENT OF THE ISSUES PRESENTED FOR REVIEW.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2STATEMENT OF THE CASE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2STATEMENT OF FACTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41. Statute Involved.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42. District Court Proceedings.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73. District Court Decision.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14STANDARD OF REVIEW.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19ARGUMENT.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19I. The District Court Should Not Have Reached TheConstitutionality of The Jury’s Statutory Damage AwardWithout First Exercising Its Common Law Power Of Remittitur . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19II. Due Process Review of Statutory Damage Awards Under The Copyright Act Must Proceed Under 
Williams
, Not
Gore
. . . . . 30III. The District Court Misconstrued The Scope And PurposeOf Statutory Damages Under The Copyright Act... . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40A. Congress Intended The Full Range of StatutoryDamages To Apply To The Unauthorized Copyingand Distribution Of Sound Recordings Over APeer-to-Peer Network.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
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B. The Court Improperly Discounted The PotentialHarm Caused By Defendant’s Distribution of Copyrighted Works To Other Network Participants. . . . . . . 49CONCLUSION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57FRAP 32(a)(7) CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCECERTIFICATE OF SERVICEADDENDUM
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