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"Joel Tenebaum fights back with the help of leading internet lawyers"  (Source:
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 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 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
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
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