Latest RIAA v. Tenenbaum Stories

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,...

2010-07-11 07:15:00

A Boston Ph.D. student, who was found guilty in 2009 of illegally downloading and sharing songs published by the world's top record companies, has had his penalty reduced by a US judge on Friday. Judge Nancy Gertner of the US District Court in Boston said the penalty a jury handed Joel Tenenbaum would violate his constitutional rights. The verdict was for Tenenbaum to pay $675,000 in penalties to five record companies that sued him. Judge Gertner said the sum was excessive. Instead, the...

2009-08-01 13:15:41

A Boston University student says he is disappointed he has been ordered to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 copyright songs. The Boston Globe reported Saturday a U.S. District Court jury in Boston found graduate student Joel Tenenbaum did infringe on the copyrights of four record labels by illegally downloading and sharing songs on peer-to-peer networks. I'm disappointed but not surprised, Tenenbaum said. But I am thankful that it wasn't much bigger, that it wasn't...

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...

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...

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