Even after cutting a damages award in a file-sharing case to one-tenth the original sum, a
judge said Friday the new fine was still excessive.
The Massachusetts judge on Friday reduced to $67,500 an original $675,000 award that a jury had ordered a Boston Ph.D student to pay for illegally sharing music files.
“There is no question that this reduced award is still severe, even harsh,” Judge Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts wrote in her opinion on Friday. “It not only adequately compensates the plaintiffs for the relatively minor harm that [Joel] Tenenbaum caused them; it sends a strong message that those who exploit peer-to- peer networks to unlawfully download and distribute copyrighted works run the risk of incurring substantial damages awards.” More...