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Guilty File-Swapper Tenenbaum Seeks New Trial

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Boston
– Joel Tenenbaum, the Boston-area student who was found guilty of sharing 30 songs
online and ordered to pay the major record labels $675,000 in copyright
infringement damages, has petitioned the court for a new trial.

In the filing,
attorneys for Tenenbaum argue that the damage award of $22,500 per song is
unconstitutionally excessive, and ask for them either to be reduced to $750 per
song, or to grant the defendant a new trial.

Current copyright law allows for
damages of between $750 and $150,000 per instance of infringement; Wired.com
cited copyright experts who noted that no court has yet found those sums to be
unconstitutional.

 

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