Oral arguments in a music downloading lawsuit filed by the recording industry against a Boston University student can’t be streamed online, a federal appeals court ruled April 16.
The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a previous decision that allowed online streaming and said it was "bound to enforce" rules that close federal courtrooms in Massachusetts to webcasting and other forms of broadcast.
Charles Nesson, a Harvard Law School professor representing student Joel Tenenbaum, had requested that a courtroom video service be allowed to transmit a hearing to the school’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, which wanted to stream it unedited on its web site with free access.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner approved the request in January.
But the Recording Industry Association of America appealed the decision, arguing that it violated federal court guidelines on cameras and threatened its ability to get a fair trial.
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