For downloading and distributing 31 songs when he was 16 years old, file-sharer ordered by judge to pay $675,000.00
Asinine is right.
Joel Tenenbaum must pay $675,000 (£426,000) in damages awarded to the major US music labels after his request for a retrial was turned down.
Mr Tenenbaum, 25, was found guilty of illegally downloading and distributing 31 songs in 2007.
A judge in Massachusetts ruled that the damages, set by a jury in 2009, had been fair.
Mr Tenenbaum was 16 years old when a letter was sent to his parents' home accusing him of illegal file-sharing.
He was asked to pay $5,250 (£3,319) for downloading seven songs. He claims he offered $500 (£316) which was all he could afford at the time, and it was declined.
BBC News - US music file-sharer must pay damages