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No mercy for man after illegal downloads

2012-05-21 22:32

Washington - The US Supreme Court will not reduce the $675 000 verdict against a Boston University student who illegally downloaded 30 songs and shared them on the internet.

The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Joel Tenenbaum, who was successfully sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally sharing music on peer-to-peer networks. In 2009, a jury ordered Tenenbaum to pay $675 000, or $22 500 for each song he illegally downloaded and shared.

A federal judge called that unconstitutionally excessive, but the First US Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the penalty at the request of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Brothers Records and other record labels represented by the RIAA.