Supreme Court Lets Stand Music Download Verdict

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the case of a former Boston University student sued for illegally downloading music. Joel Tenenbaum was charged with downloading 30 songs in 2007 from an unlicensed file-sharing service, and then ordered to pay damages of $675,000.

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Now, if you should download that new album today and do it without paying you should not expect legal cover from the United States Supreme Court. The court has refused to hear the case of a former college student who was sued for illegal downloading. Joel Tenenbaum was charged with failing to pay for 30 songs he obtained in 2007 from an unlicensed file sharing service. He was ordered to pay damages of $675,000. He's argued that current copyright laws are outdated and unconstitutional. He's one of thousands of people sued for sharing music in the last decade, though only two cases have gone to trial.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AUTOMATIC SYSTEMATIC HABIT")

GARBAGE: (Singing) You're so good at it, a systematic habit. Knocked down like a? This time I won't be your dirty little secret.

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