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Pirate Bay Tweet Puts Tenenbaum on Defensive Again in RIAA Case


Just when it might have seemed reasonable to expect a lull in ongoing coverage of the high-profile music file-sharing case of graduate student Joel Tenenbaum, a new issue has surfaced.

Not satisfied with a $675,000 verdict that it won at trial in the case in July, the Recording Industry Association of America has made a new filing in federal court in Massachusetts. It seeks an injunction against Tenenbaum’s alleged ongoing encouragement of illegal music downloading by others, reports Ars Technica.

The filing is in large part based on a tweet on Twitter last month by Tenenbaum’s team. It discusses a compilation of the 30 songs at issue in Tenenbaum’s case. They were being prominently offered by the controversial Pirate Bay website in protest of the verdict in his copyright infringement case, the legal blog recounts.

The Ars Technica post doesn’t include any comment from Tenenbaum or his counsel on the new filing.

Related earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Landlord Sues Tenant for Libel Over Tweet About ‘Moldy Apartment’ “

ABAJournal.com: “To Avoid Libel Litigation, Lawyer Advises, Don’t Tank Up and Tweet”

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