Lawyer says student accused of illegal file-sharing was ‘doing what kids do’

The trial kicks off today with opening statements

The lawyer defending a graduate student accused of illegal file-sharing said that his client was simply “doing what kids do” in his opening statements at the trial, which kicked off in Boston today (July 28).

Joel Tennenbaum, 25, is accused of downloading and distributing songs from bands including Green Day and Aerosmith via file-sharing networks like Kazaa.

Tennenbaum‘s lawyer, Charles Nesson – a Harvard Law School professor – said that “he was a kid who did what kids do and loved technology and loved music,” during his opening statements.

Nesson added that recording companies have enjoyed decades of success but were to slow to adapt to the internet, reports the Associated Press.

He added that after decades of success, the record industry was slow to adapt to the internet. “The Internet was not Joel‘s fault,” Nesson said. “The internet sweeps in like the way the automobile swept into the buggy industry.”

Lawyer Tim Reynolds, who is representing the recording industry, countered that illegal file-sharing is having a negative impact on the recording industry and everyone who makes a living through music. He added that Tennenbaum knew exactly what he was doing.

“This defendant knew what he was doing was wrong at each step of the way,” Reynolds said.

The trial is set to continue in Boston throughout the week.

–By our Los Angeles staff.
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