A $675,000 verdict against a former Boston University student who illegally downloaded and shared songs on the Internet has been upheld.

A jury ordered Joel Tenenbaum to pay $22,500 for each of the 30 songs after the Recording Industry Association of America sued him on behalf of four record labels.

Tenenbaum argued the $675,000 award violated his due process rights because it's not tied to the injury he caused. He estimated that to be no more than $450 or the cost of 30 albums. The appeals court found Tenenbaum's conduct "egregious" because he illegally shared songs for years despite numerous warnings,

[AP]