Judge Approves Public Broadcast Of RIAA Lawsuit

from the educate-us,-please dept

Harvard Law prof. Charlie Nesson has been leading a case challenging the constitutionality of a core part of the RIAA's continuing lawsuit strategy. Late last year, he asked a judge if the trial itself could be broadcast live over the internet, noting that the RIAA claimed the lawsuits were part of its education campaign, so he couldn't see why they would object. Of course, they did object, but the judge has sided with Nesson, and the court proceedings will be broadcast live next Thursday, January 22nd on the Berkman Center's website. The judge repeated Nesson's points in responding to the RIAA's objection, noting that the RIAA's objection seemed "curious" considering its previous claims of this being an educational campaign. Nesson and his law students had clearly done their homework on the judge. As the article notes, in 2007, the judge (Nancy Gertner) had testified on Capitol Hill on the importance of broadcasting more trials over the internet and television.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2009 @ 5:52am

    Not Quite The Same

    From the Article: "Trial in the case is scheduled for March 30. Cameras have only been granted for the 2 p.m. Eastern, Jan. 22 hearing."

    So we're only seeing the hearing on the 22nd, not the actual trial itself (at least, that hasn't been determined yet). Also, i'm still unclear on exactly how this 'narrowcasting' is going to work. I haven't been able to find anything on their distribution plans, particularly nothing that says 'free' or 'available to everyone.' I'd love to be proven wrong, but...

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