U.S. judge slashes penalty in music download case

BOSTON, July 9 (BestGrowthStock) – A U.S. judge slashed the
penalty levied by a jury against a Boston Ph.D. student found
guilty in 2009 of illegally downloading and sharing songs
published by some of the world’s biggest recording companies.

Judge Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District Court in Boston
ruled on Friday that it would violate the constitutional rights
of defendant Joel Tenenbaum to require him to pay the full
$675,000 in penalties a jury awarded to the five record
companies that sued him, saying the sum was excessive.

Instead she ordered him to pay $67,500 in damages to the
companies — Sony BMG Music Entertainment (6758.T: ), Warner
Bros. Records Inc (WMG.N: ), Atlantic Recording Corp Arista
Records LLC and UMG Recordings Inc.

“This award is far greater than necessary to serve the
government’s legitimate interests in compensating copyright
owners and deterring infringement,” she said in a 62-page
decision.

Tenenbaum admitted he illegally downloaded and shared
hundreds of songs from 1999 to at least 2007.
(Reporting by Jim Finkle; editing by Andre Grenon)

U.S. judge slashes penalty in music download case