Boston – Oral arguments were heard yesterday in the first
file-sharing case to reach a federal appeals court, as Joel Tenenbaum continued
to fight for a further reduction of the $67,5000 in damages he was ordered to
pay for sharing songs online, the Boston Globe reported.
Tenenbaum was found
guilty of copyright infringement by a jury in 2009, and ordered to pay $675,000
in damages for sharing 30 songs.
A federal judge last year found that award to
be excessive, and reduced it to $67,500.
A three-judge panel of the First
Circuit Court of Appeals will now consider Tenenbaum’s attorneys’ arguments that
the damages award is "unconstitutionally excessive," and based on a
law that was never meant to target individual consumers.
labels represented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are
arguing that jury’s original higher damages award should be re-instituted.