February 27, 2008 - Richard Garbiel
CBA - Intellectual Property Law Section - Topical Lunch
Partner, Holme Roberts & Owen
Location: Lexus Club at the Pepsi Center
The First of the RIAA's End-User File-Sharing Cases Goes to Trial:
Legal and Strategic Issues from Capitol Records, Inc. v. Thomas
Summary: In October 2007, a federal jury in Duluth, Minnesota heard the case of Capitol Records, Inc. v. Jammie Thomas, the first of the recording industry's End-User File-Sharing cases to go to trial. The jury found willful copyright infringement and ordered the defendant to pay the record company plaintiffs $222,000. Rich Gabriel, lead national counsel for the recording industry and head of the IP department at Holme, Roberts & Owen, discussed the legal and strategic issues that the record company plaintiffs faced in bringing the first such End-User File-Sharing case before a jury.