Did you think we’d seen the last of the long-running legal battle between MP3Tunes and labels? Pfft. As is the way of these things, the verdict – which went against the cloud-locker service and its founder Michael Robertson in March – was merely the spur for further courtroom battle. Robertson was slapped with a $48m damages bill including $7.5m in punitive damages, but has since asked to have the guilty verdict set aside. Yesterday, US district judge William Pauley delivered his response, reducing the punitive damages element to $750,000, and accepting that some elements of the case against Robertson and his site weren’t proven strongly enough: for example, “red flag” evidence of knowledge of specific infringements. However, the main verdict stands, with Robertson criticised by the judge as having “created a business model designed to operate at the very periphery of copyright law”. And yes, there remains room for an appeal, so this case may not be over yet.

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