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8/1/09

AP Assumes Guilt In Music Downloading Case

Jury awards $675K in Boston music downloading case

The Associated Press threw out all possibility that people should be allowed to share music online with this statement: "Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., admitted in court that he downloaded and distributed 30 songs. The only issue for the jury to decide was how much in damages to award the record labels."

Corrupt U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner ruled that the jury didn't get to decide whether the downloading was illegal. The college student was guilty because Gertner and the big-shot music industry said so. Many unimportant people, including me, would argue that he did nothing illegal.

But it was up to the jury to decide if Tenenbaum infringed copyrights willfully. Just because Tenenbaum admitted to downloading music doesn't mean he admitted it was willful.

It becomes clear that AP is only pushing the music industries propaganda as they report this reaction from the RIAA: "We appreciate that Mr. Tenenbaum finally acknowledged that artists and music companies deserve to be paid for their work. From the beginning, that's what this case has been all about. We only wish he had done so sooner rather than lie about his illegal behavior."

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