No. 96-1768.

523 U.S. 340 (1998)


United States Supreme Court.

Decided March 31, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John G. Roberts, Jr., argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs were David G. Leitch and Jonathan S. Franklin.

Henry J. Tashman argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was Gregory J. Kopta.*

Thomas, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Rehnquist, C. J., and Stevens, O'Connor, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer, JJ., joined. Scalia, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, p. 355.

Justice Thomas, delivered the opinion of the Court.

Section 504(c) of the Copyright Act of 1976 permits a copyright owner "to recover, instead of actual damages and profits, an award of statutory damages . . . , in a sum of not less than $500 or more than $20,000 as the court considers just." 90 Stat. 2585, as amended, 17 U. S. C. § 504(c)(1). In this case, we consider whether § 504(c) or the Seventh Amendment grants a right to a jury trial when a copyright...

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