Defense Attorney Call $675,000 File Sharing Verdict "Unreasonable"

Paul Lilly

This will sound all too familiar to anyone who followed the Jammie Thomas saga, but once again, a convicted file sharer's legal team feels the punishment doesn't fit the crime .

The comments stem from the nation's second file sharing defendant to take the RIAA to court. By doing so, Joel Tenenbaum was ultimately fined $22,500 per song for a total of $675,000 in damages for infringing 30 songs.

"Given that fact that Tenenbaum was one of many millions of people sharing music and that the plaintiffs have failed to show any actual damages from Tenenbaum's particular actions, this award is obviously 'so severe and oppressive as to be wholly disproportionate to the offense and obviously unreasonable,'" wrote Charles Nesson, Tenenbaum's attorney.

The problem for Tenenbaum and Nesson is that they're clearly facing an uphill battle. Jammie Thomas, the first defendant to challenge the RIAA in court, also received a stiff penalty, only to have it increased to a whopping $1.92 million in appeals.

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