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January 27, 2010

Obama v Tenenbaum

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Posted by Alan Wexelblat

Remember when I warned that the RIAA was taking over Obama's DoJ? Anyone who had any doubts they'd continue pursuing their old agendas should be reassured now. They will, and they have.

This gang of Cartel cronies has filed papers opposing a motion by Joel Tenenbaum's lawyers to have set aside a huge monetary decision against him. Tenenbaum is facing a USD 675,000 judgment for sharing thirty songs.

The saddest part in this sad story is that Tenebaum's lawyers aren't even asking for the judgment to be dismissed; they just want the damages reduced to the statutory minimum of 750 per song. Which is, if you're a college student, still a whopping huge fine. As I noted earlier this week, big numbers make for scary stories, but are totally disconnected from the actual reality of what people are doing.

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1. Sam I Am on January 31, 2010 8:46 PM writes...

All true, I agree. And the fines need be adjusted.
But if you've gotta have a ferocious, life-altering fine, who better to hand it to than a smug and self-entitled snot like Joel?

I mean, afterall.

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2. Counsel on March 22, 2010 7:57 PM writes...

Determining valuation of damage is difficult in certain cases, but I think this is excessive. However, what is the alternative?

The problem is the sense of entitlement that many (most?) younger folk feel to the product(s) of others... People say "it is available for free on the Internet, why should I pay?" Where is logic and reason? Where is critical thinking?

I suggest that logic, reason, and critical thinking are gone. Most people don't think past how they feel. Of course, I don't really expect anything to change as "we" expect others to provide for the things we want... Sad really...

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