Th battle of words is warming up in this case.http://www.zeropaid.com/news/9872/Harvard+Prof+on+RIAA+Tactics%3A+%27It%E2%80%99s+a+Shake-Down%2C+Extortion%2C+Blight%2C+and+an+Insult%27
Charlie Nesson, William F Weld Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and whom has taken up the case of accused file-sharer Joel Tenenbaum, gives his thoughts on the case against him.
Tennenbaum explains how he began by representing himself in the action: “When they first send you a letter they give you a number to call and it’s like the ‘Pay Us Hotline’ and the people that pick up the phones aren’t lawyers they’re just operators... You say ‘Hi I got a letter’ and they say ‘Yes, Master Card or Visa?’
The litigation machinery that has seen more than 30,000 individuals sued by the RIAA for sharing music and in which large settlements are demanded is referred to by Nesson as a shake-down: “Its’ a shake-down, it’s an extortion, it’s a blight and its an insult to the Federal Courts and the idea of law and to the poor people who have to work as the cogs of this administration making this machinery work.”
Nesson discusses the correlation between file sharing and society: “Peer to peer sharing is a different way of saying ‘we the people’ – that’s what ‘we the people’ is – ‘we the people’ is peers who share a collective consciousness constituted in a government and that’s where our law comes from. So from my point of view the internet at its most visionary is peer to peer technology and this copyright industry is making war against peer to peer."
Great words from the Professor there folks, he sums up their entire extortion strategy in a nut shell.