On Thursday, August 23rd, a federal court in Massachusetts declared a $675,000 damages award against Joel Tenenbaum for illegally downloading 31 songs. According to a CNET News article, the top record companies in the U.S. filed a copyright infringement suit against Tenenbaum in 2007. The overseeing federal judge had claimed that the $675,000 ordered by the jury was “excessive.” However, the decision has now been made, proving that pirating is taken very seriously by those who are taken advantage of by it. When downloading a song legally versus illegally roughly comes down to a $22,000 difference, people might think twice before cheating the system. It never hurts to be fair when it comes to handling copyrighted material.