Student in Boston music downloading case asks jury to ’send a message’ to recording industry

Student hopes downloading case will send message

BOSTON — A lawyer for a Boston University student who admitted illegally downloading and sharing music has urged a jury to “send a message” to the music industry by awarding only minimal damages.

After Joel Tenenbaum admitted he is liable for damages for 30 songs he downloaded, U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner ruled that the jury must now only consider the amount in damages to award.

In his closing statement Friday, Tenenbaum’s lawyer, Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson, described his client as a “kid in his bedroom clicking on a computer screen.”

But a lawyer for the recording labels is calling Tenenbaum a “hardcore, habitual, long-term infringer” who knew what he was doing was wrong.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations late Friday.

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