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Judge Severs $675,000 Music File-Sharing Fine

In what some experts are calling a huge setback for the recording industry, a Boston-area judge has cut a local man's fine for file-sharing offenses by 90 per cent. Boston University graduate student Joel Tenenbaum will now pay $67,500 rather than ... the original $675,000. In her courtroom on Friday, U.S. District court Judge Nancy Gertner found that the $675,000 fine was "unconstitutionally excessive" in considering Tenenbaum's offense: illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them with others over the Internet. Fine Could Receive Further Reduction Furthermore, Gertner determined that the new ... (view more)

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Boston Man Charged $675,000 for Illicit File-Sharing

Last summer unlucky defendant Joel Tenenbaum was just the second individual defendant sued by the RIAA, or Record Industry Association of America, for illegal file sharing practices. His case led to an astounding $675,000 verdict in favor of the ... RIAA, and now a U.S. District judge has affirmed the original result. Tenenbaum, a 25-year-old Boston University student, was in July 2009 found guilty of illegally sharing just 30 files. The result marked only the second time an individual had been sued by the RIAA, who in an equally unpopular earlier legal crusade went after single mother Jammie ... (view more)

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