Friday, July 31, 2009

Tenenbaum Waits to Hear How Much

After admitting liability on the stand, Joel Tenenbaum is now waiting to hear how much he will have to pay the music industry in his trial for illegally downloading and sharing songs.

The Boston Globe reports:

US District Court Judge Nancy Gertner ruled Thursday night that Tenenbaum, 25, admitted on the witness stand that he infringed on the copyrights of 30 songs that he downloaded and shared online.

As a result, she plans to direct the jury to only consider the amount of damages he should pay four record labels that sued him in federal court and whether his infringements were "willful," which could result in much higher damages.

Under federal law, the jury can award the labels $750 to $30,000 for each copyright infringement and as much as $150,000 for each willful infringement. That means that Tenenbaum could owe as much as $4.5 million.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Music Downloading Trial Begins

Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum of Providence, R.I., is on trial in a Boston federal court accused of "downloading songs and making music files available for distribution on the Kazaa file-sharing network."

The Associated Press reports:

Tenenbaum's case is the second such case to go to trial.

Last month, a federal jury in Minneapolis ruled that a Minnesota woman must pay $1.92 million for willful infringement of the recording industry's copyrights by posting music on Kazaa.

The industry has threatened about 35,000 people with charges of copyright infringement over the past five years, typically offering to settle for $3,000 to $5,000.