Streaming video, downloading audio

More than a dozen news outlets asked the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week to approve online streaming of proceedings in the case the recording industry filed against a Boston University grad student, according to The Associated Press.

The news groups contend in a brief filed Thursday that a webcast is in keeping with the subject of the case: illegal music downloads through file-sharing services.

The Recording Industry Association of America, which is opposed to any webcast, has filed 35,000 copyright infringement lawsuits in its campaign against music piracy, AP says.

In a separate brief filed the same day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the RIAA itself welcomed the “national conversation” about the issue and shouldn’t be allowed to block the proposed webcast.

A district judge approved defendant Joel Tennenbaum’s request to allow a webcast by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which is providing Tennenbaum’s legal defense. The RIAA is appealing that decision.


~ by CDLB on February 3, 2009.

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