Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SCOTUS: $675,000 Fine for Illegally Downloading $30 Worth of Music Upheld

The Supreme Court declined to consider a petition from a Boston University student who was fined $675,000 for illegally downloading roughly $30 worth of digital music:

Tenenbaum had sought to argue that his downloads constituted "fair use" of copyrighted material, but the trial precluded that claim, saying there was no evidence to support it. 
Tenenbaum's appeal alleged that the Copyright Act, which provides for penalties of up to $150,000 per violation and was written to deter commercial infringements, is not appropriate to use in cases involving individuals. 
Nesson said that the $675,000 fine would force Tenenbaum to file for bankruptcy.

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