Judge Nancy Gertner of the District of Massachusetts has cut the damages verdict against copyright infringer Joel Tenenbaum for illegally downloading and distributing songs by 90 percent, to $67,500. The judge slashed the jury's award from $22,500 for each of 30 songs Tenenbaum was found to have willfully infringed, to $2,250 per song. Gertner called the jury's award "wholly out of proportion with the government's legitimate interests in compensating the plaintiffs and deterring unlawful file-sharing."
Judge Reduces Damages Award by 90 Percent in Boston Music Downloading Trial
The National Law Journal
July 12, 2010