Joel Tenenbaum, who downloaded 30 songs from the Internet when he was 20 years old, broke the law. He should suffer some consquences. But the amount that a jury awarded — $675,000 — is far in excess of what is necessary to punish him and deter others from committing similar crimes. The recording industry has already taught him a lesson. Why do Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Brothers Records insist on hounding a 28-year-old into bankruptcy?
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