Tag Archives: Sony v. Tenenbaum

Obama Administration Supports $675K File Sharing Verdict

Posted by on January 20, 2010

The Obama administration is backing the verdict awarding $675,000 in damages to the RIAA in the case of Sony v. Tenenbaum, the second-ever US case where an individual was tried for copyright infringement. The Justice Department, in a memorandum in response to the defendant’s motion for a new trial, said copyright infringement “creates a public […]

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Piracy Defense Lawyer Has Got Some Brass Ones

Posted by on January 6, 2010

Charles Nesson, the defense attorney in the case of Sony v. Tenenbaum, the second ever P2P civil trial, is possibly the most entertaining lawyer of all time. First he started asking potential jurors about turtlenecks, then he got bizarrely existential and now he’s asking for a re-trial, saying piracy is the music industry’s fault… for […]

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Court Questions Excessive Judgements In RIAA Case

Posted by on December 14, 2009

In the aftermath of Sony v. Tenenbaum, the Boston RIAA case in which the defendant admitted liability and the Court awarded $625,000 to the RIAA, the Court is questioning whether these six-to-seven-figure awards are excessive and should be reduced in certain scenarios. From Slashdot: However, the Court left open the questions of whether the amount […]

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Second-Ever P2P Trial Concludes, RIAA Wins $675K

Posted by on August 3, 2009

Sony v. Tenenbaum, only the second copyright infringement case brought to trial out of approximately 18,000 individuals targeted by the RIAA, concluded late Friday afternoon with the RIAA awarded a penalty of $675,000. That’s a tough pill for a Boston University graduate student to swallow, though significantly less than the $1.92 million Jammie Thomas-Rasset currently […]

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Judge Issues Guilty Directed Verdict In Tenenbaum P2P Trial

Posted by on July 31, 2009

The case of Sony v. Tenenbaum is rushing to a swift end (as expected) as Judge Nancy Gertner granted the record labels’ motion for a directed verdict on the issue of copyright infringement last night. Tenenbaum is now liable for infringing all 30 songs at issue. All that will be left to the jury is […]

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P2P Trial Defense Admits Liability, Gets Existential

Posted by on July 30, 2009

While the second-ever P2P civil trial took significantly longer than its predecessor to settle on a jury, the case of Sony V. Tenenbaum is racing to a much speedier finish than the drawn out, appealed Captiol v. Thomas-Rasset. Of course it always helps speed up a trial when your defense attorney is admitting liability by […]

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Defense Attorney In Copyright Infringement Trial Would Like Your Thoughts On Pot, Turtlenecks

Posted by on July 29, 2009

One month after the Jammie Thomas-Rasset was ordered by the court to pay nearly $2 million in fines to Capitol, another major RIAA copyright case has begun in Boston, and this one’s already wacky. While the Thomas-Rasset case managed to select its jury in an hour and a half, the defense for Boston University graduate […]

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