Day: August 24, 2012

Was the $675,000 damage award against Joel Tenenbaum for file sharing excessive?Was the $675,000 damage award against Joel Tenenbaum for file sharing excessive?



Was the statutory damages award of $675,000 against Joel Tenebaum for downloading and distributing 30 music files over peer-to-peer networks excessive? Did it violate US due process? According to a decision released by a U.S. District Court yesterday in the Sony BMG Music Entertainment v Tenebaum 2012 WL 3639053, (D.Mass., Aug. 23, 2012) case, the answer to both questions is no.

After a five-day jury trial, the jury found that Tenenbaum’s infringement was willful as to each of the thirty sound recordings in issue, and returned a verdict within the US statutory range of $22,500 per infringement, for a total damages award of $675,000. 

Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2012-08-24Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2012-08-24