p2pnet news view | RIAA:- The last time a civil jury had the power to decide what should happen to someone accused by Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s RIAA of copyright infringement, the victim, Jammie Rasset-Thomas, wound up being charged $80,000 for each of 24 digital music files she was alleged to have shared online, for a total of $1.92 million dollars.
Her case is under appeal and meanwhile, today is probably the last day in court for Boston student Joel Tenenbaum, also charged with copyright infringement and,”The Court will make required findings concerning copyright ownership, but leave all remaining issues — infringement (reproduction and distribution), damages and willfulness — for the jury, out of an abundance of caution. The Court does so in part because the statutory damages inquiry obliges the jury to consider some of the same issues as the infringement inquiry, i.e. the nature of the infringement. (Gertner, Nancy).”
The quote comes from Recording Industry vs The People.
In other words, it’ll be up to the jury — again — and, “On the stand today, are you now admitting liability for downloading and distributing all 30 songs?“ – asked Tim Reynolds, working for Big Music, and quoted in the Boston Globe.
Yes,“ said Joel Tenenbaum, 25, near the end of about three hours on the stand in US District Court in Boston.”
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He also matter-of-factly admitted lying about downloading in sworn statements to the record labels and falsely blaming others who he said might have had access to his computer in Providence, including his two sisters, friends, and house guests.
Tenenbaum said he didn`t destroy hundreds of songs on his computer even after he received a threatening letter from the recording industry in fall 2005. He had promised to get rid of the files in a letter to the record labels but was too attached to them.
There I was in front of my computer, and I couldn`t do it,“ said Tenenbaum. It was this huge collection I`d been making for years, and it was everything I listened to.“
If Tenenbaum is found to have infringed big music copyrights, he could end up owing more than Jammie.
“Under federal law, the jury could award the labels from $750 to $30,000 for each copyright infringement and as much as $150,000 for each willful infringement,” says the Globe, adding:
“That means that Tenenbaum could owe as much as $4.5 million.”
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
$1.92 million dollars – Jammie Thomas v RIAA: Round III?, July 7, 2009
Recording Industry vs The People – The Court leaves all issues, other than copyright ownership, to the jury, in SONY v. Tenenbaum, July 3o, 2009
Boston Globe – BU student admits illegal downloads, July 31, 2009
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