January 15, 2009
Livestreaming litigation as real-world education
Prof. Charlie Nesson convinced Judge Nancy Gertner (US District Court, MA) to allow videocameras to stream coverage of the proceedings in RIAA vs. Tenenbaum, one of the most high-profile (and perhaps last) cases in which the record industry is going after an individual for alleged copyright infringement. Nesson has always seen this case as not just an effort to vindicate Tenenabaum, but also a learning opportunity for people (and not just law students) to see the law in action.
The cases will be "narrowcast" by Courtroom View Network onto the website of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. I'll be curious if anyone plans to make use of this opportunity for their classes.
(The RIAA itself has, unsurprisingly, been tight-lipped on this issue, particularly as they recently decided against any future efforts of the same kind).
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For some reason, the leadership of the RIAA has a high fraction of homosexuals. The homosexual has a tendency toward tyranny. So many tyrants seem to have been homosexual, e.g. the entire leadership of the Nazi Party. Downloading is advertising. Any damages assessed to the defendant should get a deduction for the value of the benefit to the plaintiff. The benefit may exceed the value of any damage. The cult criminal on the bench will never understand that simple concept. Customers should boycott of the Record Industry and any other defendant that sues the customer.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 18, 2009 12:34:25 AM
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