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"Joel Tenebaum fights back with the help of leading internet lawyers"  (Source: http://joelfightsback.com/)
Massachusetts student to pay $22,500 per shared song

Joel Tenebaum, a graduate student at Boston University, is the nation’s second defendant to go to trial against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on file sharing charges. In July of 2009, his case went to federal court where the judge ruled that the defendant pay $675,000 in damages to the RIAA. The only other file sharing defendant to trial against the RIAA was Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who had to pay $1.92 million for sharing 24 songs on Kazaa.

The Obama Administration, which recently asked five former RIAA lawyers to serve in the Justice Department, is supporting the verdict, stating that copyright infringement, "creates a public harm that Congress is determined must be deterred."

In lieu of the tension between the Chinese Government and Google regarding the recent IP theft and  account hacking problems, it isn’t hard to see why the Obama Administration is standing so firmly against copyright infringements. Whether a defendant is sharing files or hacking into a corporation, their act violated copyright laws, and failing to take action could make the administration's policy look inconsistent.

Under the copyright act, fines are determined by the judge and jury and can range from $750 to $150,000 . The Justice Department defends its ruling with the following statement.

The current damages range provides compensation for copyright owners because, inter alia, there exist situations in which actual damages are hard to quantify. Furthermore, in establishing the range, Congress took into account the need to deter the millions of users of new media from infringing copyrights in an environment where many violators believe they will go unnoticed.

Tenebaum’s defense team is going back to work on $22,500 per-song ruling, in hopes of lowering the penalty to $750 per-song.



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RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Denigrate on 1/21/2010 3:43:44 PM , Rating: 4
Why are there so many Democrats who can't do simple math?


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By killerb255 on 1/21/2010 4:06:08 PM , Rating: 5
Why are there so many Republicans and Democrats that hold on to extremes?


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By eyebeeemmpawn on 1/21/2010 4:47:19 PM , Rating: 5
why are all our politicians owned by corporate interest?


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Smilin on 1/21/2010 4:56:20 PM , Rating: 5
Because the supreme court just said it's ok.


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Smilin on 1/21/2010 4:07:25 PM , Rating: 2
So add up the wreckless spending for me. By my count it's 0.


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By ClownPuncher on 1/21/2010 4:28:32 PM , Rating: 5
So you insult his spelling, then continue the trend by spelling reckless incorrectly? Was it for the irony?

Speaking of irony, I hate it when every *insert political affiliation here* stereotypes.


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Smilin on 1/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By ClownPuncher on 1/21/2010 5:14:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm with you on the stereotypes point. My conservative friends know for sure that I'm a liberal yet when we actually discuss issues we end up agreeing on everything. Go figure.


It's funny you mention that. I have many friends hailing from just about every political group and most of us agree on the bulk of political issues these days. I think we just don't become wrapped up in the media based spectrum polarization that some people on the internet do.


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Smilin on 1/22/2010 11:14:03 AM , Rating: 3
So much has been attached to the "liberal" and "conservative" labels.

When I say, "I'm a liberal" you have an immediate picture of all my beliefs on a whole range of topics. You can immediately know where I'll disagree with you and begin hating me for it. Unfortunately that picture is completely wrong.

For example here are my liberal views on gun control: gun control should be obtained through practice at the firing range.

Surprised?

It's not unique to me either. The label is so precisely defined that there can only be some tiny fraction of people that it actually describes accurately. I mean the ACLU are a bunch of liberals so why does their mission align with that of the conservative NRA? It's because the labels are broken.


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Reclaimer77 on 1/21/10, Rating: -1
RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By rmlarsen on 1/21/2010 6:09:22 PM , Rating: 1
You mean like most DT readers pretend to agree with you, Reclaimer77?


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Reclaimer77 on 1/21/2010 6:42:03 PM , Rating: 2
They do ???


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Smilin on 1/22/10, Rating: 0
RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Reclaimer77 on 1/21/2010 4:07:10 PM , Rating: 3
1-1=raise taxes !


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Smilin on 1/21/2010 5:01:00 PM , Rating: 3
Yep with two simultaneous wars that need paid for and a massive deficit we need a tax cut!!! That's how you ensure the future...you know for the children!


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By EglsFly on 1/21/2010 6:24:34 PM , Rating: 5
IF we are in that bad of shape, then the osama administration shouldn't be spending money like drunkin sailors! Taking over car companies, banks and now health care?
Where does it stop?

If your in that bad of shape, you don't start some multi-trillion dollar nationalized health care system? Are they freakin nuts?

This administration is flirting with disaster, and the people know it. Why do you think such a strongly democratic state like Massachusetts voted in Scott Brown?
The Democratic leadership has gone so far to the left wanting to drive this country into Socialism its losing its base of supporters.


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By redbone75 on 1/22/2010 8:57:54 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
This administration is flirting with disaster, and the people know it.

No, actually, the people don't know it. They only know what the corporate-owned media tells them- the masses- for the most part. "A person is smart. People are stupid."

The amazing thing about the Republi-tards is that they want to condemn, often hypocritically, anything the Obama administration does or proposes without even going to the table and talking about it, because what we have currently has worked out so wonderfully <sarcasm>.

Democra-tards tend to think they know what's best without explaining to the American people how they will truly benefit. They let the right-wingers annihilate them in the media before they even begin to defend themselves, but by then the negative statements are saturated in the public mindset that anything they do to defend themselves does little to abate the damages done by the media.

The problem is that too many people don't think for themselves. They listen to only one side of the issue because they grew up in one party and don't bother to listen to both sides and then make an assessment of the issue. It is then that we need to demand what we want of our politicians. I, personally, would like to see us turn away from this increasingly fascist state we are becoming.


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By Smilin on 1/22/2010 9:31:33 AM , Rating: 1
I think Obama is doing a decent job given the circumstances. I've got a few gripes but things could certainly be worse.


RE: Hope and Change ain't Free
By redbone75 on 1/22/10, Rating: 0
"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser














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