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A Boston University graduate student was "a kid who did what kids do" when he swapped songs through file-sharing networks like Kazaa, his lawyer said Tuesday as his copyright-infringement trial began. In only the second music-downloading case against an individual to go to trial, the major recording labels accuse Joel Tenenbaum, 25, of Providence, R.I., of downloading and distributing songs from bands such as Green Day and Aerosmith. The case centers on 30 shared songs, though the recording companies say he distributed many more than that.
Had that college kid been caught stealing those same CDs from the local music store instead, he would have received probation and a $5k fine. Since its P2P, they are trying to make a $1.X Million scape goat out of the kid.
Hope the Bands and Record companies are proud for destroying a family over it.