Court of Appeals Upholds Tenenbaum’s $675,000 Fine…

Joel Tenenbaum is back in the news again. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tenenbaum’s battle with Sony, the latter sued the Boston University graduate student for illegally downloading and distributing thirty files of music between 1999 and 2007.

In the most recent string of events, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the previously awarded $675,000 fine despite the defendant’s due process challenge to have the fine lowered to $450 (a cost estimate for 30 albums). The court determined the award was far below the maximum amount permitted by the Copyright Act and did not violate Tenenbaum’s due process.

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  1. MusicBizGuy

    If Sony and the RIAA see this as a win and future deterrent I think they are sadly mistaken. Instead of pummelling kids into the ground over free downloads they should be investing their money into ideas and technology that will chanage the way we do music business. Why do these people continue to prove the viability of Mr. Christiansen”s hypothesis?

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    • Visitor

      “they should be investing their money into ideas and technology that will chanage the way we do music business”

      Nothing is more important to artists and the rest of the music industry than to stop mainstream piracy.

      And this clear — and final — verdict sends an incredibly strong signal:

      The Piracy Decade is over!

      Get used to it.

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