Student Must Pay $675K for Illegal Downloads

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2009 5:22 PM CDT
Student Must Pay $675K for Illegal Downloads
Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston graduate student, leaves federal court yesterday.   (AP Photo)

A Boston graduate student must pay $675,000 to the music industry for illegally downloading 30 songs, a federal jury ordered today. Joel Tenenbaum, 25, essentially admitted yesterday to grabbing the music via file-sharing network KaZaA. The fine averages out to $22,500 per song—significantly less than the $80,000 the recording industry won in a Minnesota trial last month, Ars Technica reports.
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