us: RIAA gets a chance to overturn video streaming order in music piracy case

A federal appeals court in Boston has agreed to hear a motion filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) that seeks to prevent courtroom proceedings in a music piracy case from being streamed live on the Internet.In an order issued Wednesday, a three-judge panel at the First Circuit Court of Appeals noted the public interest in the piracy case and the “substantial and novel questions” raised by the prospect of live streaming. The judges called on both the RIAA and the defense to submit legal arguments on the streaming issue in an expedited fashion. The court will then decide if any oral arguments are needed to “facilitate the decisional process,” the order noted.The RIAA is asking the appeals court to overturn a Jan. 14 ruling by U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner that authorized live video streaming of an upcoming hearing in the piracy case, which involves several music labels and a 25-year old Boston University doctoral student named Joel Tenenbaum.

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