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Court Orders BU Grad Student To Pay Nearly $700K For Illegal Music Downloads
All Headline News ^ | August 1, 2009 | Mayur Pahilajani

Posted on 08/01/2009 5:01:34 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

New York, NY (AHN) - A judge has ordered a graduate student to pay a total of $675,000 (404,000 pounds) after he was found guilty of illegally downloading songs from a shared music Web site.

Joel Tenenbaum, the 25-year-old Boston University student, has pleaded guilty of the charges of downloading and distributing 30 songs.

He will be paying $22,500 per song to four record labels for willfully infringing on the copyright of the songs by bands, including Green Day, Incubus, Nirvana and Aerosmith.

The U.S. District Court jury could have ordered him to pay a maximum of $4.5 million in the case.

"We are grateful for the jury's service and their recognition of the impact of illegal downloading on the music community," a statement from the Recording Industry Association of America said yesterday.

"We appreciate that Tenenbaum finally acknowledged that artists and music companies deserve to be paid for their work. From the beginning, that's what this case has been about. We only wish he had done so sooner rather than lie about his illegal behavior," it added.

The recording companies are entitled for fines of up to $750 to $30,000 per infringement under the U.S. copyright law.

It is the second such case to go to trial in the U.S.

In July, a woman in Minneapolis was ordered to pay $1.92 million. Jammie Thomas-Rasse was fined $80,000 per song for copyright infringement for sharing 24 songs.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: riaa
Harsh! He was just trying to make a mixed tape for his girlfriend, Man!

I can understand the Aerosmtih, but PUH-leeze! Nirvana? Aren't we ALL sick to death of them by now? ;)

1 posted on 08/01/2009 5:01:35 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Green Day, Incubus, Nirvana and Aerosmith.

All are available in the 99-cent bin at your local record store. Dummy!

2 posted on 08/01/2009 5:03:40 PM PDT by library user
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
What horse manure. If I were on the jury, I would never convict. Are they kidding me, this is the same as the old days of making cassette tapes. This is nothing but harassment.
3 posted on 08/01/2009 5:06:40 PM PDT by nyconse (When you buy something, make an investment in your country. Buy American or bye bye America)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
It is so ironic. All of these musicians and produces are as left-wing as they come, but when it comes to their music, they turn into Attila the Hun.
4 posted on 08/01/2009 5:06:47 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: nyconse

I hope you don’t mind if I sell your house and keep the profits.


5 posted on 08/01/2009 5:15:14 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

A 23K fine per crummy song?! What idiots passed this law... Oh wait. That’s right. The same idiots who are planning to hijack our healthcare.


6 posted on 08/01/2009 5:16:25 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd: ON)
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To: library user

I copy all of my music and movies from the library. ;)


7 posted on 08/01/2009 5:21:37 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: 6SJ7

He can scream racism and see if that would get the Pres__dent involved....


8 posted on 08/01/2009 5:23:07 PM PDT by sniper63 (Silent and stealthy - one shot - one kill)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I have always wondered why libraries have copiers for copying books.


10 posted on 08/01/2009 5:35:44 PM PDT by Radl (sai)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
P2P is a bad way to get your music so are torrent sites.
Any social music site+Download Helper+Audacity and you have your MP3.
11 posted on 08/01/2009 5:36:06 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Pay up free loader!!!
12 posted on 08/01/2009 5:54:21 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: nyconse

Do you have a girl friend can I borrow her for a few minutes, if she not to ugly I’ll have her back next month, have some friend I owe a gambling debt.


13 posted on 08/01/2009 5:57:26 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“...$22,500 per song to four record labels...”

Considerably more than the labels would have made from legitimate sales. Sounds like crime does pay, just not to the criminal.


14 posted on 08/01/2009 5:59:32 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: Radl
I have always wondered why libraries have copiers for copying books.

To make copies of selective pages, perhaps?

15 posted on 08/01/2009 6:01:14 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

This is absurd. Hopefully he will prevail on appeal.


16 posted on 08/01/2009 6:02:14 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: org.whodat
My tax dollars bought those CDs in the first place! Local, State and Federal tax dollars of mine are wasted on much more stupid stuff than a free song or movie here or there.

Besides...we'll all be getting a Free Government Ham in the mail any day now from 0bama. Right? ;)

17 posted on 08/01/2009 6:03:34 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Dallas59

I don’t do any of that stuff. Really. I was just being a smart-alek.

I’m pleasantly surprised when I turn on my computer each day and it manages to get me to FR, LOL!

I can barely dial my cellphone. I had to have my KID put in the phone numbers of the THREE people I might need to call someday. ;)


18 posted on 08/01/2009 6:06:59 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Krankor

***I hope you don’t mind if I sell your house and keep the profits.***

Did you pay the builder residuals?


19 posted on 08/01/2009 6:12:28 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

You cannot get blood out of a turnip.


20 posted on 08/01/2009 6:46:51 PM PDT by microgood
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To: plain talk

Is that legal or does the copyright statement in the front of the book make it illegal? (I am sure nobody is going to be arrested but just curious).


21 posted on 08/01/2009 7:04:49 PM PDT by Radl (sai)
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To: nyconse

Truly a case where the punishment does not fit the crime.


22 posted on 08/01/2009 7:18:10 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I knew nothing about computers 10 years ago. Then I started working a night shift and bought one to keep me busy on my nights off. Trail and error plus being pals with my companies IT team taught me all I know.


23 posted on 08/02/2009 1:39:13 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Krankor

These record companies have cheated and personally destroyed the dreams and ambitions of so many artists in the past on residuals and profits through shady contracts and dishonest agreements. How can they justifiably go after a student? That’s just foul.


24 posted on 08/03/2009 2:50:28 PM PDT by flowergirl777
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