A Harvard Law School professor has launched a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at the heart of the music industry's aggressive anti-piracy campaign, which has wrung payments from thousands of online song-swappers -- including many college students -- since 2003.


The professor, Charles Nesson, has come to the defense of a Boston University graduate student targeted in one of the music industry's many lawsuits. By taking on the case, Nesson hopes to challenge the basis for the suit, and all others like it.


Nesson argues that the Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999 is unconstitutional, because...

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