First defendant were charged with illegally downloading music in the age of 16.
As reported by BBC News American guy Joel Tenenbaum lost a lawsuit because of illegal downloads of music, and he must pay $ 675,000 compensation to record companies after he was denied a retrial.
Thus, in 2009, a court in Massachusetts found Tenenbaum guilty of illegally downloading and distributing 31 musical composition.
According to the publication, first Tenenbaum accused of illegally downloading music, when he was 16 years old. Then he ordered to pay $ 5,250 for illegally downloading 7 songs. According to the defendant at the time he could pay no more than $ 500, as reported by law enforcement agencies, but his proposal was rejected.
In court, the case was transferred for the first time in 2007. Tenenbaum then filed a counterclaim Abuse government agencies of the federal government.
Tenenbaum refused to cooperate with prosecutors and the trial was scheduled for 2009.As a result of the trial, the court found the defendant guilty of damaging the major record companies in the USA.
Note that in the U.S. the jury can set a fine of not more than $ 150 thousand for each violation of copyright.Thus, the penalty Tenenbaum much lower than the maximum amount that the court could award for granted due download 31 songs.The defendant admitted at the meeting in the spread of almost 800 pieces of music.