Trial begins in Boston music downloading case

Opening statements begin today (July 28) in student file-sharing case

The trial of a graduate student accused of illegal file-sharing is set to kick off today (July 28) in Boston.

Jury selection was completed yesterday, with opening statements beginning today. Joel Tenenbaum of Providence, R.I. is accused by the recording industry of downloading songs and sharing them for free via the Kazaa file-sharing network.

The case is the second of its kind to go to trial. Last month a woman in Minnesota was ordered to pay $1.92 million when she was found guilty of willful infringement of the recording industry’s copyrights by posting music on Kazaa, reports the Associated Press.

Mother-of-four Jammie Thomas-Rasset violated the copyrights of 24 songs, and was ordered to pay recording companies $1.92 million, or $80,000 per song. At the time, Thomas-Rasset, 32, said ‘There’s no way they’re ever going to get that’.

35,000 people have been charged with copyright infringement in the US since 2004, with most settling for between $3,000 and $5,000.

–By our New York staff.
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