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Statutory damages are pre-established damages for cases where calculating a correct sum is deemed difficult. In law, damages refers either to the harm suffered by a claimant in a civil action, or to the money paid or awarded to the plaintiff in compensation for such harm. ...

In intellectual property cases (relating to copyright or trademark, for instance), it is often difficult for plaintiffs to determine the exact volume of infringement. Thus, statutory damages are often calculated as a multiple of the price for the use of the infringed right. Intellectual property (IP) refers to a legal entitlement which sometimes attaches to the expressed form of an idea, or to some other intangible subject matter. ... Copyright symbol. ... A trademark (Commonwealth English: trade mark) is a distinctive sign of some kind which is used by a business to uniquely identify itself and its products and services to consumers, and to distinguish the business and its products or services from those of other businesses. ... A plaintiff, also known as a claimant or complainant, is the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an action) before a court. ...

Statutory damages exist also in other areas of law. For an example, see Doe v. Chao which interpreted the statutory damages provision of the United States Privacy Act of 1974. Holding Plaintiffs must prove that some actual damages resulted from a federal agencys intentional or willful violation of the Privacy Act of 1974 in order to qualify for the statutory minimum award of $1000 provided for such a violation under that statute. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

See also

Statutory damages for copyright infringement are available under some countries copyright laws. ...

External links

  • Pre-established damages / statutory damages at the WIPO website



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