ReLive It: The Music Industry's Great Disruption


It’s 2002 and you want to download the Fugees song “Killing Me Softly,” or Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” and share it with your friends. How much do you think you’d have to pay to do that? Would you ever guess $22,500? That’s how much Joel Tenenbaum was ordered to pay per song when he lost a lawsuit brought against him by the Recording Industry Association of America for sharing 30 music files online when he was in college. Total damages? $675,000. Joel’s lawyer, Charles Nesson, founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, argued Joel wasn’t responsible for technological disruption in the music industry. “When you’re selling water in the desert and it starts to rain, you gotta get a new business.”

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Title: ReLive It: The Music Industry's Great Disruption

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Public Broadcasting Station or Institution: WGBH

Original Broadcast/Publish Date: 10/28/2019

Runtime: 00:07:12

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Language: English


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