Maybe The RIAA Should Just Charge $22,500 Per Song
The RIAA has been awarded $675,000 in the case of Joel Tenenbaum, a student who illegally downloaded 30 songs. If the award stands, Tenenbaum will be filing for bankruptcy.
Since Tenenbaum had already admitted to infringement, the juryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s instructions from the judge were to choose an amount between $750 and $150,000 per song. The student told Ars Technica: Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thankful that it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t much bigger, that it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t millionsÃ¢â‚¬Â. And compared to another recent ruling, he may have gotten away lightly: in June, Jammie Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay $80,000 for each of the 24 songs she downloaded, making for a total of $1.92 million.
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