File-swapper seeks Supreme Court appeal2012.05.16 09:49 by Daniela
Joel Tenenbaum, a file sharer who is in a legal battle with some major labels for file sharing - asked the appeals court for help after a jury awarded the labels $675,000 for the sharing of just a few songs. The judge, Nancy Gertner, reduced the award to $67,500 - knocking 90% off the jury's award. However, the appeals court in the case reinstated the original $675,000 on procedural grounds.
Tenenbaum, led by famed lawyer/law professor Charles Nesson, challenged the appeals court on all of this, but had that quickly rejected. However, Tenenbaum's lawyer, wanted the Supremes to understand that the industry's "litigation assault" on people like Tenenbaum is "procedurally unfair and profoundly unethical."
As part of its massive legal campaign against online file-swapping, the Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA] sued nearly 20,000 people during the middle part of the last decade. Only two took their cases all the way to a trial and verdict. The first was Jammie Thomas-Rasset in Minnesota; Tenenbaum, from Massachusetts, was the second. In both cases, judges overturned the absurd verdicts (Thomas-Rasset owed $222,000, $1.92 million, and then $1.5 million after her three trials, respectively) and said that anything above $2,250 per song had entered "monstrous and shocking" territory.
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