Do the Math: 400 writers x 20 'A' claims each = $12 M
If just 400 writers have 20 registered (Category A) claims each, they will swallow $12 million. Remember, the settlement fund claims cap is $11.8 million.
These are back-of-the-envelope numbers, of course. A class member gets $1,500 for each of the first 15 subject works for any given publisher, $1,200 for each of the next 15, and $750 thereafter.
But they make the point. Does anyone out there, lawyer or lay person, really think $11.8 million ($18 million less attorneys' fees and other costs) comes anywhere close to covering the decades-long willful infringement in this case that enabled the launch of the multibillion-dollar global electronic article database industry?