Judge in Tenenbaum Case Condemns US Copyright Act

8 12 2009

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner, the federal judge who presided over the recent file-sharing lawsuit against graduate student Joel Tenenbaum by the RIAA has called on the US Congress to reform the copyright law.

In a decision issued Monday, Judge Gertner stated “As this court has previously noted, it is very, very concerned that there is a deep potential for injustice in the Copyright Act as it is currently written. It urges — no implores — Congress to amend the statute to reflect the realities of file sharing… there is something wrong with a law that routinely threatens teenagers and students with astronomical penalties for an activity whose implications they may not have fully understood.”


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