Jury awards USD 675K in Boston music downloading case

Last Updated: Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 11:27

Boston: A federal jury has ordered a Boston
University graduate student who admitted illegally downloading
and sharing music online to pay USD 675,000 to four record

Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, Rhode Island, admitted in
court on Friday that he downloaded and distributed 30 songs.
The only issue for the jury to decide was how much in damages
to award the record labels.

Under federal law, the recording companies were
entitled to USD 750 to USD 30,000 per infringement. But the
law allows as much as USD 150,000 per track if the jury finds
the infringements were willful. The maximum jurors could have
awarded in Tenenbaum`s case was USD 4.5 million.

Jurors ordered Tenenbaum to pay USD 22,500 for each
incident of copyright infringement, effectively finding that
his actions were willful. The attorney for the 25-year-old
student had asked the jury earlier Friday to ``send a
message`` to the music industry by awarding only minimal

Tenenbaum said he was thankful that the case wasn`t in
the millions and contrasted the significance of his fine with
the maximum.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 11:27

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