Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal in Long-Running File-Sharing Case

The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal by a former Boston University graduate student in one of the longest-running cases concerning illegal file sharing, The New York Times reported. Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., admitted to downloading and sharing about 30 songs on an unlicensed file-sharing network. He has been fighting music-industry officials in court since 2007. A jury in 2009 ordered Mr. Tenenbaum to pay $675,000 in damages, or $22,500 for each song he had downloaded. A federal judge ruled that the award was “unconstitutionally excessive,” but an appeals court reinstated it. The case will now go before a district-court judge in Boston, who will make a final decision on damages, according to the Times.

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