Jury awards USD 675K in Boston music downloading case
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 01, 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 labels.

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 damages.

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 01, 2009, 11:27

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