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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: How is Obama involved?
By killerb255 on 1/21/2010 5:15:45 PM , Rating: 2
The reason people vote Democrat/Republican is that people are suckers for the Freudian primitive defense mechanism called "splitting."

Splitting is when we compartmentalize the overwhelming amount of information in life into only two extremes. Good vs. evil. Happy vs. sad. Right vs. wrong. Black vs. white. True vs. false.

In this case, conservative vs. liberal.

To handle the grays, we use a scale of 1-10: 10 being the positive result, and 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 being all negative results that are weighed the same.

We all wish life were that simple, and we try to get through life lying to ourselves about it being that simple.

tl;dr version: We do it because it's easier.

RE: How is Obama involved?
By killerb255 on 1/21/2010 5:19:33 PM , Rating: 2
Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying I agree with that mentality.

The problem is getting enough people to disagree with it. Once enough people do, then an independent or other political party-affiliated candidate may become president.

Interesting enough, the only president that was not a member of a political party was George Washington. I'm not 100% sure on this (someone correct me if I'm wrong), but I don't think he wanted the US to have political parties...

RE: How is Obama involved?
By arazok on 1/21/2010 11:13:57 PM , Rating: 3
I can't say that I disagree with you, but I'm not sure about your theory. There is something unique about American politics. Most countries have many political parties, and create/destroy them routinely. Canada, Germany, Italy etc all have numerous major parties.

Ross Perot took a good stab at creating a new party. He spent millions of his own money, had some electoral success, but he could never get it to self sustain. Money seems all too important in the US system.

In most countries, a political party will spend 10-20 million during a campaign. In the US, it's hundreds of millions. Who has that kind of money? Or more importantly, how can you get that sort of money without whoring yourself out to the various special interests?

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