Sterilite Corp. v. Olivet International, Inc. (D. Mass. 22-cv-10327).

  • March 10, 2022

Stellar Records, a company that obtains copyrights to songs which it then re-records as karaoke versions, sued William Urbanowski of Southbridge, Massachusetts, accusing him of purchasing computer hard drives and laptops from Mark Mann, an individual with whom Stellar is presently engaged in copyright infringement litigation in Arizona. Stellar asserts that the products bought by Urbanowski for a total of $795 contained at least 250,000 karaoke recordings, apiece, and that the cost, had Urbanowski purchased lawful copies at retail, would have been more than $741,000, and that this significant price difference should have alerted Urbanowski that the recordings were pirated copies. Stellar asserts that it owns the copyright on at least 264 of the recordings bought by Urbanowksi, and brings claims of willful contributory copyright infringement, saying that Urbanowski 2019s ordering of the hard drives induced Mann to create unlawful copies of the songs onto the hard drives. In addition to destruction of the accused products and an award of attorneys 2019 fees, Stellar seeks statutory damages of between $750 and $150,000 per work infringed, for a total of between $198,000 and $39.6 million.

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