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Tenenbaum case delayed as webcast debate continues

By | Published on Wednesday 25 February 2009

The debate as to whether to allow an upcoming P2P court case in the US to be webcast continues.

As previously reported, there are plans to webcast the proceedings of the case Sony Music v Tenenbaum, what will probably be one of the last cases pursued by the Recording Industry Association Of America against an individual file sharer (they having changed their policy in that domain), but the RIAA are opposing those plans.

Presumably the trade body are aware that what should be straightforward infringement lawsuits against individual filesharers can falter on various technicalities when they go to court, and they’d rather any difficulties they face in making their case against student Tenenbaum stick not be aired to the internet at large.

The webcast was suggested by Charles Nesson, the Harvard law professor who is advising Tenenbaum, and US District Judge Nancy Gertner quickly agreed to his proposal, though in doing so opened up a whole new dimension to the case as the RIAA formally opposed the webcast, and other groups filed motions supporting it.

As a result of the webcast debate, the actual trial has now been pushed back to 30 Apr, so that there is time to consider the arguments about the webcast and rule on that matter.