Webcasting Of File-Sharing Trial Faces New Hurdle
Last month, federal district court judge Nancy Gertner granted a request by grad student Joel Tenenbaum to Webcast his trial for allegedly sharing music files online. She ruled that the "Internet generation" should be able to virtually attend the proceedings via the Web. The Recording Industry Association of America filed an emergency appeal, arguing that a Webcast would hurt its case.
The controversy drew the attention of civil rights groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief, as well as major media organizations like The Associated Press.