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Would you pay $22,500 to download a song?

Posted by andreaitis on July 31, 2009

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That’s how much Joel Tenenbaum has to pay for the 30 songs he illegally downloaded and shared over the KaZaA peer-to-peer network.

After a brief deliberation, a federal jury has ruled that PhD student Joel Tenenbaum willfully infringed on the record labels’ copyrights, awarding them $675,000 in damages, $22,500 for each of the 30 songs in question.  The figure is closer to the $222,000 award in the first Jammie Thomas-Rasset trial than the $1.92 million figure from the second trial.

The verdict came down at late Friday afternoon after less than three hours of deliberation.

via Oy Tenenbaum! RIAA wins $675,000 – Ars Technica

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On the stand, the 25 year old Tenenbaum admitted to everything, even lying during a previous deposition.  Was honesty the best policy?  The award could have been much more, though it’s hefty enough that Tenenbaum will have to file for bankruptcy if it stands.  And there are other cases waiting in the wings, with approximately 18,000 individuals targeted by the labels.  Tenenbaum is the second to  go to trial, and the second to lose.  That means 18,000 people are feeling pretty nervous right now.

We’ve seen Radiohead and other artists find new ways to market their music.  Is the RIAA taking the right approach here?  Is $22,500 a song too high a price to pay?

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Radiohead vs. the RIAA

Posted by andreaitis on April 5, 2009

Boston University physics grad student Joel Tenenbaum is accused of sharing copyrighted music online, specifically seven tracks on Kazaa.  As a result, he is currently being sued by the RIAA.  Enter Radiohead, who firmly believe the music industry is not harmed by file-sharing.  In fact, they think file-sharing among music fans can help.  Talk about a (rock) star witness…

Radiohead vs. the RIAA

Radiohead, the band that made millions of dollars by giving away their music for free, has very little to complain about when it comes to piracy. On the contrary, in a landmark file-sharing case, Radiohead has responded positively to a request to testify against the RIAA.

Now, in the case of Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum versus the RIAA, Radiohead has indicated that they will testify against the RIAA. Tenenbaum’s troubles started in 2003 when he rejected an offer to settle with the RIAA for $500. After a few more settlement attempts and legal quibbles, the case eventually went to court.

Radiohead to Testify Against the RIAA | TorrentFreak.

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Last.fm Wants the Last Word

Posted by andreaitis on February 23, 2009

Eh, who needs actual facts and reporting when rumors are rampant….

On Friday night a technology blog called Techcrunch posted a vicious and completely false rumour about us: that Last.fm handed data to the RIAA so they could track who’s been listening to the “leaked” U2 album.

I denied it vehemently on the Techcrunch article, as did several other Last.fm staffers. We denied it in the Last.fm forums, on twitter, via email – basically we denied it to anyone that would listen, and now we’re denying it on our blog.

Last.fm – the Blog · “Techcrunch are full of shit”

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