Foolish, excessive fine clouds BU grad’s downloading case
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?