A few days ago, it was reported that Eric Clapton had won € 3,400 (approximately $ 3,844) in a lawsuit against a woman who attempted to sell a pirated CD from one of his concerts for € 9.95 ( about $ 11.25) on eBay. Now, more details of the situation have been revealed, including the fact that Clapton apparently has no intention of collecting the money he was allocated in this matter.
“Germany is one of the many countries where sales of illegal, unauthorized and generally low-quality CDs are rampant, hurting both the industry and buyers of substandard products. Over a period of more than 10 years, the German attorneys appointed by Eric Clapton, and a significant number of other well-known artists and record companies, have successfully prosecuted thousands of infringement cases in the legal proceedings of ‘author of routine.
The intention is not to target individuals selling isolated CDs from their own collection, but rather active smugglers making unauthorized copies for sale. In the case of a person selling unauthorized items from a personal collection, if, after receiving a “cease and desist” letter, the offending items are removed, the costs would be minimal or could be waived. “
The statement goes on to claim that the defendant did not cooperate with Clapton management when they contacted them, writing: “This matter could have been settled quickly at minimal cost, but unfortunately in response to the first standard letter. from German lawyers, the individual’s response included the line: ‘feel free to file a complaint if you insist on the demands.’ This triggered the next step in standard legal procedures, and the court then issued the initial injunction order. If the person had complied with the initial letter, the costs would have been minimal. If they had explained as early as the Based on all the facts with a simple phone call or letter to the lawyers, any claim could have been dropped and costs avoided. ”
The statement concludes by noting: “However, when all the facts of this particular case came to light and it was clear that the individual was not the type of person that Eric Clapton, or his record company, wanted target, Eric Clapton has decided not to take any further action and has no intention of recovering the costs awarded to him by the Court. Moreover, he hopes that the person will not incur himself to additional costs. “