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Friday, June 28, 2013

$675,000 Fine for Illegally Downloading Music: Fair or Scapegoat?

Joel Tenenbaum is back in the news again. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Tenenbaum's battle with Sony, the latter sued the Boston University graduate student for illegally downloading and distributing thirty files of music between 1999 and 2007.

In the most recent string of events, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the previously awarded $675,000 fine despite the defendant's due process challenge to have the fine lowered to $450 (a cost estimate for 30 albums). The court determined the award was far below the maximum amount permitted by the Copyright Act and did not violate Tenenbaum's due process.

What do you think. Do you think Joel should be fined $675,000 or is he being scapegoated by Sony? What say you?