p2pnet news view | RIAA News:- Thanks to the Net, the actions of Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG’s RIAA as they try to sue their customers into submission have been held up to full public scrutiny.
But Harvard law professor Charles Nesson and his team of law students want to take things much further.
Today, they asked a judge to allow the Net into the courtroom.
Nesson is defending Joel Tenenbaum, sued by the RIAA, “with punishment of more than a million dollars for downloading seven songs,” says the group.
Now, audio-visual coverage of the motion and trial proceedings should be allowed, they say.
“The judicial process is essentially an exercise in civil discourse,” says Nesson. “Given the keen interest of the diverse parties following this litigation closely, and the potential learning value of this case to a broad audience beyond, this case presents an ideal instance in which judicial discretion should be exercised under the auspices of the rule to admit Internet to the courtroom.”
Despite the RIAA’s announcement last week that it’s dropping its legal assault, it hasn’t dismissed any of its existing cases, such as Tenenbaum’s, notes the team.
“What this underscores is that this case is about more than just music,” says Debbie Rosenbaum, one of Nesson’s students.
“It’s about embracing digital natives in environments that have traditionally been closed off to them and challenging antiquated systems have yet to catch up to the twenty-first century.”
Click here for p2pnet’s interview with Tenenbaum.
For more information, check http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/cyberone/riaa/.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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