In the community of activists trying to break down internet barriers they say stifle creativity and knowledge, few figures are as revered as Charles Nesson, co-founder of Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. But when Nesson took on the recording industry in an eagerly anticipated civil case over music file sharing, the champion stumbled, reports the New York Times. On July 31, a jury handed down an eye-popping $675,000 judgment against Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston University graduate student who was defended by Nesson. Tenenbaum's offense was downloading and sharing 30 songs. It was a stinging defeat for...

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