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Court penalizes Web design firm that helped sell knock-offs

Bright Builders must pay $770,750 in damages

     
3:40 pm on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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[latimes.com ]

A Utah company that builds and hosts websites has been ordered to pay more than $700,000 in damages to an Orange County golf club manufacturer for helping create and promote a website that sold counterfeit clubs
3:54 pm on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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ordering Bright Builders this month to pay $770,750 to Cleveland Golf. Prince was ordered to pay $28,250.


I don't disagree that the web promoters bear some responsibility here but those numbers seem out of proportion to me.

Why does the client who was actually importing the goods get off so lightly by comparison?
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I think its the right decision, Without the websites there would likely been no importing , aiding and abetting sales in this case is a much bigger crime than importing.
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I googled their name. Looks like they had it coming

But it's a disgrace that indirect in-fringers were ordered to pay 20 some times more than direct infringers. Like giving probation to the person that planned and executed the murder and a death sentence to the driver that may have known about it.
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