p2pnet news | RIAA News:- A student law clinic is about to cause a revolution in the P2P filesharing war launched by Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG.
In what’s probably a world’s first, not lawyers, but student attorneys at the University of Maine School of Law’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic have themselves taken up the fight on behalf of fellow students.
Hannah Ames and Lisa Chmelecki from the Cumberland clinic are now officially representing two Maine students.
Ames and Chmelecki are being guided by clinic director and U of M assistant professor Deirdre Smith (right).
They’ve filed a reply to the US Supreme Court decision in Bell Atlantic v Twombly, and the subsequent California decision, Interscope v Rodriguez, which dismissed the RIAA’s “making available” complaint as mere “conclusory”, “boilerplate” “speculation”.
“The two students represented by Cumberland join eight others represented by a Portland law firm, bringing to 10 the number of University of Maine students moving to dismiss the RIAA’s case,” says Recording Industry vs The People.
This could be the true beginning of the end for the RIAA in its attempts to bring students to heel, turning them into compliant consumers of corporate product under threat of legal persecution and severe financial penalties no student can afford.
If other student from clinics not only in the US but around the world follow the examples of Ames and Chmelecki, the stage will be set for a series of confrontations and lightning strikes even the highly paid expert Big 4 legal teams won’t be able to handle.
Smith is on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, and governor John Baldacci’s Select Committee on Judicial Appointments.
She’s a former member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Bar Foundation and a founding board member of KIDS Legal.
Definitely stay tuned.
Recording Industry vs The People -Student Attorneys Join Fight Against RIAA in Maine; Univ. of Maine law students submit reply brief in Arista v. Does 1-27, December 10, 2007
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