BU student admits in court he shared music files

A Boston University graduate student accused of illegally swapping music online admitted in court July 30 that he has downloaded and shared hundreds of songs by Nirvana, Green Day, The Smashing Pumpkins, and other artists, reports the Associated Press. Joel Tenenbaum, 25, of Providence, R.I., was called to the stand by recording industry lawyers who accuse him of copyright infringement. A lawyer for four major recording labels questioned Tenenbaum about songs he downloaded using the Kazaa file-sharing network. The case in U.S. District Court in Boston is only the nation’s second music-downloading case against an individual to go to trial. Last month, a federal jury ruled a Minnesota woman must pay $1.92 million for copyright infringement. The industry has typically offered to settle cases for about $5,000, though it has said that it stopped filing such lawsuits last August and is instead working with schools and internet service providers to fight the worst offenders…

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