Ok, so the headline is misleading. But you might enjoy reading Charlie Nesson’s (et al.) brief [pdf] asking for a vast reduction in the $675,000 penalty Joel Tenenbaum is supposed to pay to the RIAA for downloading and sharing 30 songs. Here’s a taste:
Contrary to Plaintiffsâ€™ assertion that Joel Tenenbaum caused them â€œbillions of dollarsâ€ of damages in lost revenue, Pl. Opp. at 28, with respect to the thirty songs which are the subject of this action, Tenenbaum actually caused damages to the plaintiffs of, at most, $21.00. Had he purchased the thirty songs on iTunes he would have paid 99 cents apiece, of which Apple would have passed on 70 cents to the record companies.1 Assuming, contrary to fact, that the record companies have zero costs so that every cent returned to them is profit, the total return would have been $21.00.