THE music industry will push for more than $1 billion in damages after its landmark court victory over internet music pirates Kazaa.
The Sydney-based internet file-sharing company has had $30 million of its assets frozen as record companies try to recoup some of the estimated $3 billion lost in pirated music.
"Given the value of the music ripped off was several billion dollars, the damages claim will be substantial," Music Industry Piracy Investigations spokesman Michael Speck said yesterday.
"It’s about sending a message to illegal operators that they cannot get away with taking other people’s work."
The Federal Court ruled on Monday that Kazaa software, which allows users to swap music files for free over the web, had illegally infringed artists’ copyright on an unprecedented scale.
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