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US Appeals Court Reinstates Man With $675,000 Illegal Download Fine

Written by John Ritchie on September 20, 2011

Joel Tenenbaum illegally downloaded 30 songs in 2009 and, after being caught, was ordered to pay a sum of $US22,500 for each song, totalling $US675,000. The fine was later reduced to $US67,500 after the court decided the sum was ‘unconstitutionally excessive’.

Tenenbaum was still unhappy with the result and appealed the verdict, trying to overturn the penalty in full. However, after the Recording Industry Association of America demanded that the full penalty of $US675,000 should stick, The US appeals court decided to reinstate it and have ordered him to pay the original amount in full.

In June, a 58 year old Scottish grandma was sentenced to 3 years probation for illegally downloading more than 30,000 music files.

The songs Joel Tenenbaum downloaded

Incubus – New Skin

Green Day – Minority

Outkast – Wheelz of Steel

Incubus – Pardon Me

Nirvana – Come As You Are

Green Day – When I Come Around

Green Day – Nice Guys Finish Last

Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box

Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug

Blink-182 – Adam’s Song

Limp Bizkit – Rearranged

Limp Bizkit – Leech

Linkin Park – Crawling

Deftones – Be Quiet And Drive

The Fugees – Killing Me Softly

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way

Red Hot Chili Peppers – My Friends

Beck – Loser

Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Eminem – My Name Is

Eminem – Drug Ballad

Eminem – Cleaning Out My Closet

Beastie Boys – (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)

The Ramones – The KKK Took My Baby Away

Monster Magnet – Look To Your Orb For The Warning

Aerosmith – Pink

Outkast – Rosa Parks

Rage Against The Machine – Guerrilla Radio

Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

Aerosmith – Water Song/Janie’s Got A Gun

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