Joel Tenenbaum owes the music industry $675,000. That’s what a jury decided Friday in the lawsuit the RIAA won against him for downloading 30 songs illegally between 1999 and 2007.

Today on KIRO/Seattle, Joel explained why he insisted on taking the case to court instead of paying the smaller settlement the RIAA initially offered. He also revealed how many songs he really downloaded via Napster, Kazaa, and other P2P providers (it’s way more than 30), how he plans to appeal the decision, and what this means for others who have been fighting the record company consortium.

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