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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > RIAA Announced to Contest Tenenbaum’s Fine Reduction

RIAA Announced to Contest Tenenbaum’s Fine Reduction

RIAA Announced to Contest Tenenbaum’s Fine Reduction

Added: Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is going to contest the judge decision of reducing the Tenenbaum fine 10 times to $67,500. The outfit announced the intention to contest the ruling, but didn’t specify how.


Just last week a judge made a decision to slash Tenenbaum fine by ten from $675,000 to $67,500, claiming that the original judgment was unconstitutional. So now Joel’s fine amounts to $2,250 per track, exactly the same sum as in the similar case of Jammie Thomas, whose fine was also lowered down to $2,250 per song.

It is worth noting that the original judgments in both cases may have caused much criticism for the US legal system not just locally, but all over the world. For instance, the case of Jammie Thomas was often cited during last years in Canada, as a clear example of how the country should NOT enforce its copyright legislation. This frequent reference to the case made industry’s attempts to raise penalties for copyright infringement in Canada to level of the US a very tough sell to say the least. Moreover, it might be responsible for contributing to uprising a provision in the ongoing Canadian copyright reform law, which distinguishes fines between commercial and non-commercial violations. Of course, the original judgments made other countries to re-estimate their copyright legislation and re-think the penalties as well.

Undeterred, the industry responded to the judgment with the announcement, saying that it is planning to contest the decision. However, the RIAA didn’t provide any details of how they’re going to do that.

Well, of course, one couldn’t expect another reaction from the RIAA, as it considered to be $607,500 cut in the reward after all. Meanwhile, some of the observers keep saying that even the lowered fine is too big, especially taking into account the fact that most the songs on the question were sold for merely $1. As for the defendant, Joel has already admitted that he still can’t afford the fine, even after its reduction.

Whatever the continuation of the story will be, it doesn’t seem like the industry would be able to recoup the cost of its attorneys. Even despite some observers’ opinions that high fines can benefit artists, nobody has ever seen any of that money really ending up in the artists’ wallets in the first place.

July 14th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-07-15 00:00:39)
uax4it avatarThis is why i rather pay 1 dollar per song its not much and that way the artist will keep singing 4 me! i wont buy the cd unless it has min of 5 great songs.I Would never pay such a fine .what i would do is leap over the bailiff and strangle the riaa scumbag.How long is the state going to keep me in jail using tax payer money for some bullsh!t boot leg songs? cost the state 95000 a year to incarcerate a man with tax payer money. For boot leg songs.they can land on the moon but they cant lock cd's so they do not crack them.

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