The first of the Indiana download cases has proceeded to a Final Judgment and the damage amount awarded by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson won’t please the hundreds of other Indiana defendants still facing a default judgment. After he failed to present a defense to the illegal download of “Maryjane’s Second Visit”, a Default Judgment was entered against the Defendant. The damage award, which includes the maximum allowable copyright damages, tallied in at $151,425. No matter your view on pornography or copyright infringement, that’s a pretty steep fine for the digital equivalent of sneaking in the back door of a nudie show.
What do you think of the judgment? Did the Judge apply discretion in awarding the maximum amount? Either way, Judge Magnus-Stinson has now provided the other Indiana download defendants with an upper limit on how much they should spend on a defense.