Double standard: Unlicensed bar music vs. P2P users

11 07 2010

Massachusetts federal judge Nancy Gertner just slashed the damage award against admitted P2P user Joel Tenenbaum from $675,000 to $67,500. In her opinion, she drew a fascinating parallel between Tenenbaum’s conduct and that of bars and restaurants who don’t pay up for a license to play music in public. Why aren’t they hit with tremendous six-figure fines?

“The jury’s award in this case also appears egregious in light of the damages typically imposed on restaurants, bars, and other businesses that play copyrighted songs in their establishments without first acquiring the appropriate licenses,” Gertner wrote.

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