Los Angeles – The Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) has filed a brief seeking to overturn a federal judge’s reduction of
damages in a file-sharing copyright infringement lawsuit from $675,000 to
$67,5000, the Recording Industry vs. The People blog reported.
In Sony BMG
Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, a jury ordered Boston student Joel Tenebaum
to pay $675,000 for sharing 30 songs online. On appeal, the damages award was
reduced to $67,500.
In August, Tenenbaum said he could not afford even the
reduced penalty, and his attorneys appealed the reduced verdict to the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
In its brief, the RIAA called the
reasoning used by the District Court to reduce the damages award
"hopelessly flawed," and asked for the original award of $675,000 to
(Recording Industry vs. The People)
(DMW previous coverage)