Statutory damages allow a new category of copyright trolls to go around sending out threat letters threatening the possibility of $150,000 awards, which lead many, many people to just pay up rather than go to court.
Confused Law Professor Cites Fraudulent Prenda Win As 'Proof' That There's No Problem With Statutory Damages
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January 31, 2014

Via Techdirt:

The good folks over at EFF have a good review of the House Judiciary Committee's recent hearing on the scope of fair use, which we discussed earlier. It's a good read, but there's one note towards the end which is really incredible. One of the panelists, June Besek, of Columbia University, has been defending ridiculous statutory damages by arguing not only are they reasonable, but also that courts can handle circumstances where the damages awards should be lower based on circumstances.

However, as EFF points out, Besek's argument here is suspect, given that she just a few weeks ago sent a let...

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