MLS Solutions, Inc. and International Yacht Council Ltd. (“IYC”) were found by a jury to have violated the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 501, by infringing upon the selection, order, and arrangement of information contained in BUC International Corp.’s Used Boat Price Guide. The jury awarded BUC $1,598,278 in actual damages, and we affirmed that judgment. See BUC Int’l Corp. v. Int’l Yacht Council Ltd., 489 F.3d 1129 (11th Cir. 2007). Pursuant to the onesatisfaction rule, MLS and IYC moved the district court to reduce the final judgment against them by the settlement amounts that BUC obtained from codefendants that settled before trial. The district court declined. Because we conclude that the one-satisfaction rule does apply to infringement claims under the Copyright Act, we reverse.
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