Latest Music Sharing Case Ruled in Favor of RIAACategory: Copyright Infringers
Posted: August 2, 2009 07:07AM
Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum has been ordered to pay $675,000 in damages to the RIAA. Tenenbaum was happy that the fine wasn't higher, as it was for Jammie Thomas-Rasset who has to pay $1.92 million. Tenenbaum effectively dug his own grave when he admitted to downloading the songs and about lying in previous testimonies during his Thursday questioning. At this point the jury only needed to discuss damages and whether Tenenbaum did so willingly. The RIAA was also happy with the ruling, mostly because the defendant realized that the artists and music companies should be paid just as any other working person. Tenenbaum plans to appeal the ruling based on the guarantee of due process. He feels that the award is too large, and plans to file for bankruptcy if the ruling is upheld.