Professor Charles Nesson and his team of Harvard Law students won a big victory today in their case defending Joel Tenenbaum against a lawsuit filed by the RIAA. Ars Technica reports Judge Nancy Gertner ruled that footage from the courtroom of the entire trial can be streamed on the internet for non-commercial use.
Tenenbaum, a student at Boston University, was initially sued by the RIAA for $3,500 for illegally downloading seven songs. The RIAA rejected Tenenbaum’s settlement offer of $500 and eventually increased their demand for $10,500 after a settlement of $5,000 was offered. Now they are seeking over $1 million. Crazy, right?
Well, now Professor Nesson, a renowned internet lawyer, and his Harvard Law team have made a website, blog, twitter, and soon to come streaming video, so you can follow their attempt to take on the corporate music industry.