Yo, Freetards: Reality Check
1. He broke the law. Stupid law? Maybe. Still the law, and he knew it.
2. After he got nicked, he showed stupidity (refusing to settle), cowardice (it wasn't me!), and arrogance (c.f. Nesson).
3. Bankruptcies happen. It's not terminal. Properly handled, this could be a great career starter.
4. The court did precisely what it was supposed to do: it considered whether the law had been correctly applied, and made a ruling.
Don't like the law? Change it. Go out and do something useful rather than sitting there like a whining child caught with your hands in the cookie jar. Campaign for legal reform. Write letters (yeah, those) to your congressman. Buy (as some here honorably do) music through other channels. Make some music of your own -- invest some major effort into creating yourself.
This wholesale "sharing" puts no money into the hands of artists. The deal with the RIAA sucks, but it's where the law got us. As a creative, I'm thrilled that this has happened, because it just might galvanise one or two people into thinking and acting.
Here's something that would have gone miles toward establishing Tenenbaum's moral credentials: if Nesson had produced one -- just ONE -- street busker to come forward and say, "Yeah -- I know that kid. He always puts a couple of bucks into my hat."
You want to get worked up about something real? Look at the number of bankruptcies caused by medical expenses.