p2pnet.net News:- This is by way of a Good Luck! to Ray Beckerman, the lawyer who tomorrow will represent New York health worker Tenise Barker when the the Big 4 Organized Music cartel’s RIAA will try to make the case that ‘Making Available’ equals copyright infringement.
Boiled down, this means the Recording Industry Association of America, owned by EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France) and Sony BMG (Japan and Germany), with Warner Music (run by a Canadian) as the only American label, will try to justify the ludicrous assertion that anyone with a shared folder containing legally obtained copyrighted files which has been online, even for a second, is guilty of copyright infringement.
Think about what that would mean. If the Big 4 can get it by, it’ll threaten the fabric of the entire Net ultimately affecting everyone, everywhere. But if they fail, their whole, flimsy file sharing house of cards will come crashing down.
The argument will take place at 2:15 pm in the newer federal court house at 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York, in courtroom 21D on the 21st Floor. It’s near Brooklyn Bridge/Worth St stop on the 4, 5 & 6 trains.
If you can possibly make it, be there. And PLEASE digg this, slashdot it, post it on your site if you have one, and do anything else you can think of to make sure there’s a crowd at the hearing.
Let judge Kenneth M. Karas see just how vitally important this is to everyone, not only the innocent men, women and children the Big 4 are victimizing.
And if you can make it, and you have a digital still and/or video camera, take it with you. We’d like to be able to run pix of the hearing —- from the outside, of course. Cameras aren’t allowed in the actual courtroom.
For now, Beckerman explains the ins and out in detail in (ironically) The Hollywood Reporter Esq.
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