UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
CAPITOL RECORDS, INC., et al.,
) Civ. Action No.
) LEAD DOCKET NO.
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, et al.,
) Civ. Action No.
) ORIGINAL DOCKET NO.
ORDER RE: MOTION TO RECORD AND NARROWCAST HEARING
January 14, 2009
The Defendant's Motion to Permit Audio-Visual Coverage by
the Courtroom View Network ("CVN") (document # 718) of the
January 22, 2009, hearing over a secure internet connection is
GRANTED. CVN will “narrowcast” the audio-visual coverage to the
website of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, which
will make the recording publicly available for all non-commercial
uses via its website.
This case, like many others now before the Court, is one for
copyright infringement under 17 U.S.C. § 106. The Plaintiffs are
some of the nation's largest record companies. The Defendants in
these consolidated cases are individual computer users -- mainly
college students -- who, the Plaintiffs claim, used "peer-to-
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peer" file-sharing software to download and disseminate music
without paying for it, infringing the Plaintiffs' copyrights.
Many of the Defendants have defaulted or settled, largely without
the benefit of counsel, subject to damages awards between $3,000
Joel Tenenbaum ("Tenenbaum") is one of the few defendants
represented by counsel, Professor Charles Nesson of Harvard Law
School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He has
chosen to challenge the action through a Motion to Amend
Counterclaims (document # 686), his Opposition to the Plaintiffs'
Motion to Dismiss Counterclaims (document # 676), and a Motion to
Join the Recording Industry Association of America ("RIAA")
(document # 693), all of which will be heard on January 22, 2009.
Whether those counterclaims survive or not,