File-Sharing Penalties Are Too Steep, High Court Told

Law360, Washington (February 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EST) -- Hitting noncommercial copyright infringers with hefty statutory damages clearly meant for commercial infringers is unprecedented, unreasonable and unconstitutional, a Boston University student found liable for illegally sharing music files told the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

Courts should make a distinction under the Copyright Act between commercial infringers and those who make no profit from infringement, BU graduate student Joel Tenenbaum says in a petition for a writ of certiorari filed Feb. 13 and obtained Thursday.

In rejecting a Massachusetts federal judge's steep reduction of a...
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