A Federal Appeals Court has upheld the $675,000 verdict in favor of the RIAA against former Boston University graduate student Joel Tenenbaum. As originally reported in this blog, Tenenbaum had been sued for sharing songs that had copyright protection. His plight attracted the services of famed Harvard professor Charles Nesson of "A Civil Action" fame.
This was not a case of a naive college students failing to understand the law and its ramifications. The court called Tenenbaum's conduct "egregious" in that he shared the files intentionally knowing that doing so was a copyright violation and continued to do so after several warnings from the RIAA.
The case explained: