Corrective Justice and Copyright Infringement

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Patrick Russell Goold

City University London, The City Law School

Date Written: 2014


This article demonstrates that one important goal of copyright infringement cases is the achievement of corrective justice. The importance of corrective justice to the copyright system is demonstrated by the law’s continual reliance on a bilateral litigation model. Sadly, because scholars and lawmakers often conceive of copyright in solely economic terms, corrective justice is often overlooked and demonstrable unfairness occurs as a result. The article discusses three areas of contemporary copyright law where the failure to consider corrective justice leads to unfair outcomes (the provision of statutory damages in civil copyright claims, the availability of attorney fees, and mass copyright settlements).

Suggested Citation

Goold, Patrick Russell, Corrective Justice and Copyright Infringement (2014). 16 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law 251 (2014), Available at SSRN: or

Patrick Russell Goold (Contact Author)

City University London, The City Law School ( email )

London, EC1V OHB
United Kingdom

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