STUDENT ORDERED TO PAY $675,000 FOR MUSIC DOWNLOADS
Saturday, August 01, 2009
You've done it. He did it. Only, he got caught.
A Boston University grad student who admitted he downloaded music has been ordered to pay $675,000 to the recording industry. Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, Rhode Island, admitted in court that he downloaded and distributed 30 songs. Jurors ordered him to pay a whopping $22,000 per song. Tenenbaum, who's just 25 years old, says he'll have to file for bankruptcy if the verdict stands. His lawyer plans to appeal the decision.
This whole story is as outrageous as it is sickening. Don't these billion-dollar recording companies have better things to do? Did this one college kid really hurt their bottom lines? And how are a select few downloaders targeted for lawsuits, while millions of others are getting away with it? This kid's life is turned upside-down, all so record companies can make an example out of him. Completely unfair.
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