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The Tenenbaum case and fair use: a tantalizing what-if

December 7, 2009 |  5:30 pm

Joel Tenenbaum's effort to fight back against the RIAA hasn't gone too well so far. A federal jury found the Boston University graduate liable in August for copyright infringement and ordered him to pay the labels $675,000. Adding insult to injury, the U.S. District Court judge who presided over the case, Nancy Gertner, indicated today that she was prepared to consider a more expansive fair-use defense than other courts had entertained, but Tenenbaum's defense blew it. Read more at the Opinion L.A. blog. (Hat tip to Ray Beckerman's blog.)

-- Jon Healey

Healey writes editorials for The Times' Opinion Manufacturing Division. Follow him on Twitter: @jcahealey

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