Court Upholds $675,000 Award for File-Sharing

A federal court in Massachusetts upheld a $675,000 damages award against Joel Tenenbaum, who was accused of illegally downloading 31 songs from a fire-sharing Web site and sued by the main recording companies in the U.S. U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel rejected Tenenbaum's request for a new jury trial, saying jurors had appropriately considered the evidence of Tenenbaum's actions -- downloading files for two years despite warnings -- and the harm to the plaintiffs.