1st Circ. Nixes Lower Award In Music Sharing Suit

Law360, New York (September 16, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit on Friday said a Massachusetts federal judge erred by ruling on constitutional questions to reduce damages in a copyright infringement case brought by record companies against a Boston University student who used file-sharing software to distribute music.

Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Bros. Records Inc., Atlantic Recording Corp., Arista Records LLC and UMG Recordings Inc. sued BU graduate student Joel Tenenbaum in 2007 for sharing 30 songs using services like Napster, Morpheus, Kazaa and LimeWire.

In July 2010, U.S. District Judge Judge Nancy Gertner...
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