Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson has humiliated Village Voice plagiarists, conducted frightening YouTubes in his Second Life persona, and successfully litigated on behalf of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. He's found another person to bring justice to in Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston University student who is being sued by the RIAA for downloading seven songs as a teen. In doing so, he'll file a lawsuit that directly challenges the RIAA's ability to willy-nilly sue anyone it likes. Does this crazy-ass lawyer have a chance of succeeding?Joel Tenenbaum was a teenager when he allegedly downloaded just seven songs over a P2P service. The RIAA sued him last year and attempted to bully him into a settlement, but Tenenbaum wouldn't budge. Nesson just filed a counterclaim challenging the weight and premise of the RIAA's original suit in this brief (pdf):
You may be more familiar with Nesson in Second Life, where he is about thirty years younger and seemingly more sane:
Hopefully Nesson can lower himself to this new cause in the same way he's done before, and we can download without fear of the RIAA.