Infogroup, Inc. v. DatabaseUSA.com LLC, No. 18-3723 (8th Cir. 2020)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed judgments against DatabaseUSA for copyright infringement and Vinod Gupta for breach of contract. After Gupta founded Infogroup, he and the company entered a separation agreement. Then Gupta found DatabaseUSA two years later.
The court held that a reasonable juror, based on the evidence at trial, could have found Infogroup owned a valid copyright; a reasonable juror could have concluded that DatabaseUSA copied the original elements of Infogroup's work; and, because of spoliation, DatabaseUSA's two arguments against copying fail. Finally, the court affirmed the $11.2 million award for the copyright infringement claim and the $10 million award for the breach of contract claim.
Court Description: [Benton, Author, with Loken and Kelly, Circuit Judges] Civil case - Copyright infringement and contracts. The evidence was sufficient for a jury to find Infogroup had a valid copyright and that defendant Database copied Infogroup's original work; damage award of $11.2 million for copyright infringement affirmed; Infogroup proved defendant Gupta violated his separation agreement with Infogroup, and the jury's award of $10 million in damages for breach of contract is affirmed.