The 31 Songs That Cost $675,000

By WGBH News

Joel Tenenbaum
Joel Tenenbaum in 2009. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP)

May 23, 2012

BOSTON — Despite the Supreme Court's decision not to hear his appeal, a former Boston University student facing a $675,000 fine for downloading and sharing 31 songs via the online file-sharing network Kazaa has vowed to continue his fight against the group of record companies suing him.

While free downloads mean lost revenue for musicians, Joel Tenenbaum said that many recording artists had no problem with online file sharing. "Music fans love the artists," he said, adding that the lyricist for the Grateful Dead testified at his trial that "familiarity, not scarcity, creates value." 

"The music business will never cease to exist in some form because it does what humans fundamentally need to do, which is share art," Tenenbaum added.

The case is currently before U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel, who will decide whether to impose the penalty, ask the Recording Industry Association of America whether it will accept less money from Tenenbaum or order a new trial. 

The playlist

Tenenbaum faces the $675,000 penalty for illegally downloading 31 songs. You've probably heard some of them yourself. Perhaps you even own them ... one way or another. Here they are, legally and for free on Grooveshark.

Joel Tenenbaum's $675,000 Playlist by WGBH News on Grooveshark

Aerosmith — Pink; Water Song/Janie's Got a Gun
Beastie Boys — (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)
Beck — Loser
Blink-182 — Adam's Song
Deftones — Be Quiet and Drive
Eminem — Cleaning out My Closet; Drug Ballad; My Name Is
The Fugees — Killing Me Softly
Goo Goo Dolls — Iris
Green Day — Minority; Nice Guys Finish Last; When I Come Around
Incubus — New Skin; Pardon Me
Limp Bizkit — Rearranged; Leech
Linkin Park — Crawling
Monster Magnet — Look to Your Orb for the Warning
Nine Inch Nails — The Perfect Drug
Nirvana — Come As You Are; Heart-Shaped Box
OutKast — Rosa Parks; Wheelz of Steel
Rage Against the Machine — Guerrilla Radio
The Ramones — The KKK Took My Baby Away
Red Hot Chili Peppers — By the Way; Californication; My Friends
Smashing Pumpkins — Bullet with Butterfly Wings

List source: Wikipedia.

LISTEN: Tenenbaum talks to Emily Rooney about the case.
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