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August 4th, 2009
11:56 AM ET
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  1. Tony Brown

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    September 24, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  2. Brian

    My freedom of speech comment was made in reference to a comment that was moderated out, which was similar to anon's. Once again CNN showing their true colors. I stopped watching CNN, their reporting is getting wonky...

    August 5, 2009 at 8:32 am |
  3. John in NZ

    How does downloading songs off the Internet differ from recording songs off a free radio stations like I did back in the 1990s? Same thing – it's free. And if this guy offered to pay the iTunes prices per song (99c/song) and the RIAA said no, then I have to wonder if the artists get the money or just the RIAA lawyers do? It's all corrupt indeed...

    August 5, 2009 at 6:37 am |
  4. Bernice

    Being able to listen to the music before hand, would only help to increase the sales for the music industry, but they got very greedy! You know, maybe they should be charging these big time preformers a heavy tax to help with the healthcare program! They make millions on each stage event!! They took the money for a long time, then charge hundreds of dollars, just to see them in concert, so why not?? They can start putting some money back into the community!!! What a wonderful thought!

    Freedom of Speech??? Educate yourselves people!!! This is just one of the many wonderful freedoms that we had, and we need to fight to get back! We need to reinstate all of the wonderful freedoms where they can never touch it again! It belongs to THE PEOPLE!!!

    Besides, they would only make more money if they allow the people to listen, otherwise, I don't do concerts anymore. They just became way to GREEDY!

    There is absolutely NO NEED in the continuation of the ruining of young American lives....all to listen to music!! What a shame our society has become!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:43 am |
  5. Ref

    Thanks, Anon. John was being a bit a of a jerk. While the issue of downloading music is clearly a problem and is also clearly illegal, tearing into this guy for a fine that he obviously will never be able to pay was throwing gas on a fire. John repeatedly interrupted the guest after asking a question that the gentleman was trying to answer. I would appreciate a more "fair and balanced" approach. It's a shame that Fox has hijacked that phrase, but it's really not that big of a deal since we rarely see anything fair or balanced on television. Thanks for reminding me of that, John. Go look at yourself in the mirror a little longer – I know it makes you happy.

    August 4, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  6. Darrel

    I think some people seem to be forgetting that this issue is nothing new. I'd be interested in knowing how many people who saw the interview this morning, at one time or another recorded an album onto cassette for a friend.
    When you think about it, how many of us also had friends that did the same thing.
    I'm even willing to bet that John Roberts at some point in his life has dropped an album onto a cassette for a friend and also knows quite a few people who have done the same.
    The only difference nowadays is organizations like the RIAA have an easier time tracking copyright infringement.
    Just imagine the scene in the 60s, 70s, 80s in neighborhoods across the U.S. as RIAA agents raid homes in search of pirated copies Led Zeppelin II, Hotel California and Born In The U.S.A..
    Maybe these huge fines are just payback for the years copyright infringement went unchecked.

    August 4, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  7. anon

    john is being a bit of a jerk. i think instead of approaching this interview with such a judgmental attitude, he should delve into how the market is evolving and how the industry is adapting and responding. before streaming services like pandora or last.fm, downloading was the best way to listen and sample music that you never would have thought about trying or being interested in. prior to online downloads, i bought at most maybe a CD or two a year. after i started listening to more and more music, i found more artists that i really liked and ended up going to concerts and buying CDs that i never would have before. i now purchase on average six or seven CDs a year because i enjoy certain artists and i want to support them by buying their music and paying to see them in concert. i never would have been exposed to them had i not been able to sample some of their work. the RIAA needs to realize that the digital age has changed the conception of music ownership and i think they should work to adapt their business model rather than spend ridiculous amounts of money on these useless lawsuits against people who can't pay the fines.

    if they keep this up, hopefully we'll see a shift like we're witnessing with microsoft. google is offering services that microsoft charged expensive licensing for at no cost to users online, and open source alternatives are changing the landscape of software distribution. hopefully, organizations such as the RIAA and the music industry will realize this and stop needlessly ruining people's lives just to prove a point that has already been lost.

    August 4, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  8. Dan in Las Vegas

    Freedom of Speech has nothing to do with theft. Mr. Tannenbaum is a petty thief who is lucky after his smirks and game playing that he wasn't locked up. He was warned to stop, but thumbed his nose at those who told him to. Then he wanted to pay after the fact? Mr. Tannenbaum is like one of those idividuals who legitimize having lunch at the salad bar in a Supermarket and deny it. Let him declare bankruptcy. A a grad student, he had money somewhere to go to grad school. Pay the piper so to speak.

    August 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  9. Brian

    So much for freedom of speech...

    August 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm |