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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
July 31, 2009
(202) 289-8928
Sydnor Statement on Sony v. Tenenbaum

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, the Court in Sony v. Tenenbaum, granted a directed verdict holding that the Defendant, Joel Tenenbaum, had admitted liability for infringing the plaintiffs exclusive rights of reproduction and distribution in all 30 songs at issue.  The following statement may be attributed to Tom Sydnor, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for the Study of Digital Property at The Progress & Freedom Foundation:

Copyright owners have won another critical victory.  Nevertheless an important task remains for the rest of us: We must encourage responsible Internet intermediaries and copyright owners to cooperate in order to ensure that artists need not file lawsuits in order to enforce their federal civil rights.

Experience has now proven that targeted measures like graduated response programs and sophisticated filtering technologies can all but eliminate the need for artists to sue consumers in order to enforce copyrights.  We should encourage all responsible rights owners and intermediaries to build on those successes in order to reduce the future need for lawsuits like Tenenbaum and Thomas.

Sydnor is available for comment. Please contact Amy Smorodin at

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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