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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: Really?
By Mojo the Monkey on 1/21/2010 6:30:11 PM , Rating: 0
Technically its preponderance of the evidence, but yea, same thing.
- Deeznuts

I wouldnt start off with "Technically" unless you were going to actually correct him. "More likely than not" is used to explain the concept to juries as a matter of practice. Thank you for your pointless demonstration of your knowledge of legalese.

BTW: you cant get out of this by filing for bankrupcy. A judgment can be renewed every X number of years. For federal law, I believe this is 10 years. That means that every 10 years, they can come back in and check on you, renew the judgment (paperwork only, no new proceedings) and they get to start taking your property all over again.

I think there is a pretty good chance that this grad student would have liked to amass some property in 10 years, or 20, or 30.

RE: Really?
By Oregonian2 on 1/21/2010 6:44:26 PM , Rating: 5
You're saying then that the student is basically "done for". Might as well turn into a criminal seeing as how there is no downside to it anymore.

RE: Really?
By mcnabney on 1/21/2010 10:01:36 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah. I mean think about it.

You are stuck with a legal judgement that will put you in the poorhouse for the rest of your life.

If I didn't have family I would seriously consider taking revenge on the RIAA/attorneys that wrecked my life. There is nothing more dangerous than a person with nothing to lose and these insane judgements are doing just that.

/grew up taping music off the radio and dubbing albums/tapes from friends
//I must owe billions despite all of my music being legal now

RE: Really?
By MatthiasF on 1/22/2010 12:52:32 AM , Rating: 3
Bull, you can get a jury award discharged by a bankruptcy judge. This couple was able to do just that (after many appeals) and I'm sure the precedent will be used for any copyright infringers in a similar situation today.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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