September 3, 2009

Playing With Fire [9:02 am]

Free speech or one of the many forms of contributory copyright infringement? Civil disobedience and Tenenbaum. Music ‘infringer’ targeted again (pdf)

[I]n one corner of cyberspace, Tenenbaum is now “DJ Joel,’’ and anyone who shares his love of Nirvana, Green Day, and Eminem - and his antipathy toward the Recording Industry Association of America - can illegally download “The $675,000 Mixtape’’ and get the very songs he was sued for sharing.

Although there is no evidence that Tenenbaum was responsible for putting the playlist on The Pirate Bay, a Swedish file-sharing service, the record companies have accused him of defiantly encouraging further illegal downloading by linking to the service directly, from a website created for his defense.

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