The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in Automattic Inc. v. Nick Steiner, has awarded total damages of $25,084 to a blogger and the operator of blogging platform Wordpress.com for “lost work and time” spent responding to a fraudulent takedown notice for copyright infringement.  This appears to be the first time a court has awarded such damages under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, given the difficulty of demonstrating that such false claims are knowingly made.