Is this 1999? Are we doing the Napster lawsuit thing again? It sure seems this way after four major record labels went back to the evil-music-corporation handbook in suing a young man caught stealing their music. This decision comes after a long back-and-forth battle between PH.D student, Joel Tenenbaum and the four music labels that claim he stole music from. For a period, it seemed Tenenbaum’s fees would total $450 – the price of the albums he stole, but that would be absurd; $22,500 per song and a ruination of this young man’s life is much fairer.
The reason Tenenbaum is forced to pay so much is the fact that after he downloaded the 30 songs, he had the audacity to share them. You know when you torrent something, and then it’s done, but some number keeps being there? That’s your upload speed. That means you are sharing the music as well. That’s kind of how torrents work.
To be fair, Tenenbaum uploaded a bit more rigorously than your average music fan. It seems he actively shared music thousands of times, and despite multiple warnings. Still, this entire case is an example of music corporations coming together to ruin some guy’s life as a way to send a message to everyone else out there.
It worked. I’m probably going to avoid getting that new Kenye album for a little bit longer than I planned to.