Court Upholds $675,000 Music Downloading Verdict

BOSTON (June 26, 2013)—A federal appeals court has upheld a $675,000 verdict against a former Boston University student who illegally downloaded and shared songs on the Internet.

A jury ordered Providence, R.I., resident Joel Tenenbaum to pay $22,500 for each of 30 downloaded songs after the Recording Industry Association of America sued him on behalf of four record labels.

Tenenbaum, however, argued the $675,000 award violated his due process rights because it wasn’t tied to the injury he caused, which he estimated to be no more than $450, or the cost of 30 albums.

The federal appeals court Tuesday found Tenenbaum's conduct was "egregious" because he illegally shared songs for years despite numerous warnings.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year declined to hear Tenenbaum's appeal.

Tenenbaum says he can't comment on the ruling.


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