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Supreme Court Will Not Review Music Downloading Case
2012-05-22 04:13:48

The highest court in the United States has refused to review the case of a former Boston University student who was hit with a $675,000 penalty for illegally downloading music and sharing it on the Internet. The petition was brought to the Supreme Court by Joel Tenenbaum, who in 2007 was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for copyright infringement for the illegal acquisition and distribution of 31 songs, including some by Aerosmith, Eminem, Green Day, Nirvana,...

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2011-03-09 07:53:19

The founder of LimeWire, a music file-sharing service that was shut down last year due to copyright infringement, settled a lawsuit brought by dozens of music publishers. The settlement covers more than 30 publishers, including Arista, BMG Music, EMI Group, Interscope, Sony Corp, Virgin and Warner Bros. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. "A settlement was reached," a spokeswoman for the National Music Publishers Association told Reuters. "The parties worked hard to achieve a...

2011-02-03 04:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rdio, the unlimited, on-demand social music service from the founders of Skype, today announced they have raised a new financing round in the amount of $17.5 million from new and existing investors. The latest round adds Mangrove Capital Partners to an impressive roster of investors that includes Rdio co-founder, Janus Friis, through his investment entities, as well as Atomico and Skype. Rdio will use this infusion of funds to aggressively...

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2010-11-05 09:05:00

An American jury has ordered a Minnesota mother of four to pay $1.5 million dollars for committing two dozen acts of copyright infringement using an online file-sharing network. The ruling against Brainerd-resident Jammie Thomas-Rasset was handed down by a jury on Wednesday. She was ordered to pay $62,500 for each of the 24 songs that she downloaded using the Kazaa peer-to-peer distribution service. It is the third time a jury has ordered Thomas-Rasset to pay damages, though the amounts...

2010-08-12 08:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Kazaa, a leading subscription-based online music provider, continues to expand its music downloads service offering with the recent release of a comprehensive Playlist Project. With over 500,000+ playlists and other exciting interactive features, music lovers everywhere are provided with a new platform for music discovery and sharing. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100812/LA49662LOGO) (Logo:...

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2009-06-19 09:50:00

On Thursday, a 32-year-old woman was found guilty by a U.S jury of illegally downloading 24 songs over the Internet in a high-profile piracy case. She was also ordered to pay nearly two million dollars in damages. The single mother of four from Brainerd Minnesota, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, was found legally responsible for the willful infringement of music copyrights when using the peer-to-peer file sharing network Kazaa to download songs. Taking a mere five hours to reach its verdict, the jury...

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2009-04-17 14:05:00

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that oral arguments in a music-downloading lawsuit filed by the recording industry against a Boston University student can't be streamed online, The Associated Press reported. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that it was "bound to enforce" rules that close federal courtrooms in Massachusetts to webcasting and other forms of broadcast, after overturning the previous decision that allowed online streaming. The student, Joel Tenenbaum, and his...

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2008-11-17 08:00:00

A Harvard Law School Professor has started a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at center stage of the music industry's courtroom campaign against people who share songs online. The music industry has gotten payments from thousands of song-swappers since 2003. The professor, Charles Nesson, has come to the defense of a Boston University graduate student targeted in one of the music industry's lawsuits. By taking on the case, Nesson wants to challenge the basis for the...

2008-08-05 12:00:33

By Patrick Garmoe, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn. Aug. 5--There's a good chance that Jammie Thomas, found liable last October in the nation's first music download trial, will get another chance in court. That was the upshot of an hour-long hearing Monday in which attorneys for Thomas and the recording and movie industries argued for and against granting her a new trial. The Brainerd woman was found liable for $222,000 in damages for willfully committing copyright infringement by...

2008-08-04 21:00:17

By Erik Larson; Tom Wilkowske "It just can't be true that millions and millions of people can do what Ms. Thomas did and be free of copyright violations," Verrilli said at the hearing. "That's the same thing as saying there is no longer a right of distribution." The jury in October told Thomas, a 31-year-old mother of two, to pay $9,250 for each of 24 songs she downloaded from the music site Kazaa. Her attorney, Brian Toder of Minneapolis, requested a new trial, arguing the fine was...


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