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Flea Market Liable for Pirate Music Sales

Flea Market Liable for Pirate Music Sales

A federal court in New Jersey has ruled that a Columbus, N.J., flea market is liable for copyright infringement for selling pirated CDs and cassettes.
In a case brought by the Recording Industry Association of America, a U.S. district court granted summary judgment in favor of the music companies against the owners of the market, Columbus Flea World LLC and Columbus Farmers Market LLC. Damages will be determined at a later date; they could range from more than $500,000 to $125 million under the copyright laws.
The record companies’ lawsuit, filed in October 2003, came after nearly 10 years of warnings to the farmer’s market, said the RIAA.