-- In a decision that could help record labels, a federal court in the Northern District of California has said the constitutional limits on statutory damages in BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore do not apply to awards of copyright statutory damages. The ruling could come into play if the Jammie Thomas-Rasset or Joel Tenenbaum file-sharing cases reach a constitutional challenge of the jury’s awards. Tenenbaum’s team in particular has been vocal about the constitutional nature of the $675,000 award in that case. (Copyrights & Campaigns)

-- Americans are using television and Internet together 35% more than a year ago. The percent of people using the two together rose to 59% in December 2009 from 57.5% a year earlier. From Nielsen: “The initial fear was that Internet and mobile video and entertainment would slowly cannibalize traditional TV viewing, but the steady trend of increased TV viewership alongside expanded simultaneous usage argues something quite different.” This and other findings come from Nielsen’s Fourth Quarter 2009 Three Screen Report. (NielsenWire)

--Thumbplay has launched Thumbplay Music service at the Blackberry App World. The free app gives U.S. users unlimited, on-demand access to Thumbplay’s catalog of millions of songs and packs a number of syncing and recommendation features. (Press release)

-- Pandora founder Tim Westergren on one of his findings at a town hall meeting in Seattle last week: “The other thing I'm hearing, and heard last night, was the growing use of Pandora on things other than a computer. Lots of folks have ONLY used it on a Blu-ray, or a Sonos, or a iPod Touch, etc. I really can't wait to see the growth of devices in the home - we're clearly beginning to hit an inflection point there.” (Pandora Blog)

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