This looks like the a "Battle Royale" folks as one of the US's top law Professsors take on the big bucks fuelled RIAA litigation machine that seeks to intimidate poor and unrepresented folks into paying thousands of dollars for something most are innocent of.http://www.p2pnet.net/story/17437
Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG’s RIAA has so many thorns in its side it’s starting to look like a porcupine,” p2pnet posted on Tuesday, going on: “And one of the most painful must be professor Charles Nesson of Harvard Law School.
“Nesson has moved from outspoken critic of the guilty to active defender of the innocent,” we added
Harvard is the one senior US teaching institution the Big 4 have been unable (afraid?) to touch in their twisted campaign to reduce every American university to the status of marketing-unit-cum-copyright-cop, and every American student to servile consumer of corporate ‘product,’ and only corporate ‘product’.
Nesson has, “gone to bat for an RIAA defendant in Boston, entering a case in which he will be taking the RIAA on directly, squaring off against Timothy Reynolds, Eve Burton, and Laurie Rust, the same Denver, Colorado, lawyers trying to dismiss UMG Recordings v Lindor in Brooklyn,” said Recording Industry vs The People’s Ray Beckerman.
“The Massachusetts case is SONY BMG Music v. Tenenbaum, one of the hundreds of cases consolidated in Boston under the caption London-Sire v. Does 1-4.
“On Mr. Tenenbaum’s behalf, Prof. Nesson has filed an amended counterclaim, interposing counterclaims against the plaintiff record companies and against the RIAA itself, for both federal and state abuse of process.”
Not only but also Nesson, assisted by law students Shubham Mukherjee and Nnamdi Okike, demanded a protective order with respect to the RIAA’s request for a hard drive examination, and opposed the RIAA’s motion to dismiss counterclaims.
He and a, “crack team of CyberOne students is in the process of defending Joel Tenenbaum,” says Harvard’s CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion blog
This sounds like a worthy team of folks to field against the selfish recording industry that only last year decided that artists couldnt have a few cents raise in their miniscule share of any profits, because it may impact on their corporate members revenues.
Lets hope this case goes as it should and i,m sure international respect will once again flow for the "Great Democracy" that has recently been back-sliding into something most certainly the opposite of that.