1st Circ. Upholds Statutory Music-Sharing Fine

Law360, New York (June 25, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit on Tuesday upheld as constitutional a $675,000 damages award against a man who illegally shared 30 copyrighted songs on the Internet while he was a Boston University student.

In affirming the penalty against Joel Tenenbaum, the appeals court rejected an argument that has been raised in the past by illegal downloaders hit with damages: that massive statutory fines for online piracy under the Copyright Act are unconstitutionally severe.

Tenenbaum had reasoned that the damages far outstripped any harm that he had caused to...
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