Harvard Law Prof Takes on the RIAA

Charles Nesson files counterclaim on behalf of Boston University student.

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Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson has challenged the constitutionality of the Recording Industry Association of America's anti-file-sharing tactics by filing a counterclaim on behalf of a Boston University student, the Harvard Crimson reports. Nesson has called the RIAA's reach "disconcerting" and the law used to go after file-sharers antiquated. "The current copyright system is outdated," Nesson said "The RIAA's efforts are a legal antique in our digital world."

Although this is not the first time the RIAA has been challenged, Nesson does represent one of the more prominent members of the legal community to contest the industry's efforts to combat illegal downloading.