RIAA concerned trial webcast could be manipulated

Posted by Samantha Rose Hunt

Boston (MA) - The RIAA has been "up in arms" regarding the decision to have their pre-trial arguments webcast in an upcoming file-sharing trial. They are nervous that re-runs of the trial will be subject to editing and manipulation by individuals skilled with such technology.




This is just one of the many arguments the RIAA is making in regards to the judge's decision which allows a pretrial broadcast on Thursday. If the broadcast goes forward, it will include a Boston University student and his attorney challenging the RIAA's copyright infringement case. This is believed to be the first instance where a federal trial court has allowed a live internet stream from the courtroom.



The feed is being distributed on the Berkman Center for Internet and Society website. Charles Nesson, attorney for Joel Tennenbaum - the defendant in the case, is the head of the center. This has the RIAA irate.



The RIAA feels the defendant could potentially present the video in a way which damages the RIAA and promotes the defendant.



The RIAA has sued over 30,000 individuals so far based on allegations that they infringed and violated copyright laws. The RIAA feels that the public interest is not served if only a single snippet of the proceeding is broadcast because it doesn’t give a fair glimpse into the full judicial process.