Its ok, I am Buddhist so I am fairly sure he will respawn in a realm with a higher level of network integration ;)
I guess the main issue is this idea of "making an example" of someone. It really objectifies people and I think defies the spirit of due process. I can't imagine what I would have done if I had this huge pile of legal hell dumped on me in my 20's. Now, I would throw all kinds of fun complexes back at it, but I can't blame him for not knowing better. In my view this is bullying.
I admit MIT has been fairly good about sharing information, the Open CourseWare project has been a benefit to me personally.
However that makes this prosecution even more perplexing imo.