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Boston U. grad student to pay $675K for illegally downloading, sharing music

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A Boston University graduate student has been ordered to pay four record labels $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing online music by such artists as Nirvana, Green Day, and Smashing Pumpkins, according to the AP. Today’s ruling came a day after Joel Tenenbaum of Providence, R.I. admitted in federal court that he downloaded and distributed more than 800 songs between 1999 to 2007, 30 of which were the specific focus of a recording industry lawsuit. Tenenbaum –whose lawyer plans to appeal the ruling– says he intends to file for bankruptcy if the verdict stands.