Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday May 21, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds $675K File-Sharing Verdict

Remember the college kid that got hit with a $675,000 bill for sharing 30 songs? The U.S. Supreme Court thinks the punishment fit the crime. eek!

The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a $675,000 file-sharing damages award that a jury levied against a college student for making 30 music tracks available on a peer-to-peer network. Without comment, the high court, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Stephen Breyer not participating, declined an appeal brought by former Boston college student Joel Tenenbaum. His petition (.pdf) claimed that Congress did not intend "unrestrained discretionary jury damage awards against individual citizens for copyright infringement."