Paying $22,500 for a song lately?

A former Boston University student who was ordered to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs on the Internet in 2005 has insisted he will fight the penalty, even after the Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal this week.   Joel Tenenbaum, 28, of Providence, Rhode Island, said he’s hoping a federal judge will reduce the amount, which equates to $22,500 per song.   In 2009, the student was ordered to pay $675,000 in costs after the Recording Industry Association of America sued him on behalf of four record labels. After an appeal, a federal judge overturned the ruling – cutting the costs to $67,500.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later reinstated the original ruling. The case is now returning to the lower courts for the next round of appeals — but this would also allow the Recording Industry Association of America to file a new case against him.

According to reports, during the trial an offer of settlement for $5000 was made, which the student rejected. During the case, Tenenbaum argued that the U.S. Copyright Act is unconstitutional. Furthermore, he stated that copyright infringement amounts to “consumer copying”.

Joel Tenenbaum didn’t seem to use his higher education to settle for the $5000 when he had a chance. He infringed on copyrights and should have taken it [that’s 0.74 cents on the dollar or 1/135th of the full amount]. Instead, he was dumb.

Of course he didn’t use anything from his higher education by dumping songs on the Internet. That said, is $675,000 excessive? Yes.

Meanwhile, the record industry [after all this legal wrangling] will never see much or any of the money as Tenenbaum can’t afford the amount. If they push, he could just declare personal bankruptcy.


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