As I've said too many times before, copyright law is broken. It has shifted from its original intent -- allowing content creators a fair return for their intellectual endeavors -- and moved into the field of revenue assurance for copyright holders, who are usually not the people who created the content in the first place. If the Tenenbaum trial doesn't change this (and it sure doesn't look likely at this point), something else must.
[UPDATE: After this post was published, the jury settled on damages of $675,000, or $22,500 per song. How people come up with these figures is beyond me. Tenenbaum supporters are asking sympathetic souls to donate 99 cents (or more) to help defray the costs of the judgement. You'll find more details at the JoelFightsBack site.]
- Don't stop believing the RIAA's capacity for evil
Another file-swapping lawsuit, another outrageous verdict. Something's deeply wrong with the laws controlling copyrights
- Lawyers, guns and the RIAA
There was no way the recording industry was going to come out of the Jammie Thomas file-swapping case smelling like anything but cow dung
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Does the Tenenbaum case change your mind about file swapping and copyrights? Post your thoughts below or e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org.