World renowned singer, songwriter and guitarist Eric Clapton, has again made headlines, and this time, he used time and money and successfully sued a 55 year-old woman for copyright infringement after attempting to sell a bootleg copy of his work. After spending the entire pandemic with an anti-vaccine stance and against any COVID-19 regulations, the 76 year-old guitarist had decided to take a seemingly innocent and harmless woman in Germany to court for a CD that was on sale for $11 on ebay.
The woman, whose name is unknown, was sued for selling a CD of a recorded live performance of Clapton from the ’80s. The woman stated in court that she was unaware that her act was illegal and that her husband had bought the CD in a store in the ’80s. However, the judge on the case was very straight forward and ruled in favor of Clapton, regardless of whether or not the woman was aware of the illegal act. The woman will pay a fine of almost $4000 to cover the legal costs of both parties. There is no further detail on the case or aftermath, however, if the woman continues to try and sell the CD, she will face even higher penalties, including jail time. Click here for more information.