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Submission + - File sharing case argued in appelate court ( 1

luge writes: Harvard students, along with Prof. Charlie "eon" Nesson, took the next step in Joel Tennenbaum's case against the RIAA this week, presenting their arguments on the unconstitutionality of huge copyright damages to a panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals (one level below the Supreme Court.) Serious junkies can hear the audio recording of the discussion here. This is an appeal of last summer's ruling, which reduced Tennenbaum's damages — to $2,000 per song. The appellate court's ruling could come in a few months.
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File sharing case argued in appelate court

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  • “That’s really the crux of the issue here,’’ Tenenbaum said. “That was the center of the whole argument: Was Congress even aware of file sharing’’ when it passed the deterrence act.

    I personally believe that all our laws should have an expiration date. That way our congress critters have to review the laws and keep them current. This would have the added benefit of naturally limiting the size and scope of government as there would come a point were the work load of current laws needing review would tie up congress enough that they can not pass new oppressions (I mean laws) on the people. Or, it may just make congress "rubber stamp" all existing laws, but surly we can fix that as wel

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