Boston jury begins deliberating in student’s music downloading case

Jury begins deliberating in music downloading case

BOSTON — A Boston jury has begun deliberating in the civil trial of a Boston University graduate student who was sued by four major recording labels over illegally downloading and sharing music.

Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., admitted on the witness stand Thursday that he downloaded and distributed 30 songs.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner ruled that the only issue for the jury to decide is whether his infringement was willful, and how much in damages to award the recording labels.

The case is only the nation’s second music downloading case against an individual to go to trial.

Last month, a federal jury in Minneapolis ruled a Minnesota woman must pay nearly $2 million for copy right infringement.

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