Maybe The RIAA Should Just Charge $22,500 Per Song

by admin August 3, 2009 at 10:10 am

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 jury’s instructions from the judge were to choose an amount between $750 and $150,000 per song. The student told Ars Technica: “I’m thankful that it wasn’t much bigger, that it wasn’t millions”. 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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