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...
To view the full article, register now.
Law360 Pro Say Podcast
Check out Law360's new podcast, Pro Say, which offers a weekly recap of both the biggest stories and hidden gems from the world of law.