September 30, 2010
12:00pm - 1:00pm
In March 2007, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the trade association representing major record labels, announced a litigation strategy under which it files, or threatens to file civil lawsuits against individual college students it believes are trafficking in unlicensed music. This strategy supplemented a broader strategy in which the RIAA has sued or threatened to sue more than 30,000 individuals for illegal downloading.
The handful of cases that have reached the courthouse have raised a number of interesting issues about the scope of the Fair Use Privilege under 17 U.S.C. ?§ 107, duties of ISPs under the DMCA, abuse of civil subpoenas, and the psychology of compliance with copyright law.
Steve Scovil, a third year law student, is writing his paper for Professor Perritt's Seminar in Entertainment Law this semester in the form of a screenplay which dramatizes some of the human conflicts the RIAA litigation strategy had engendered. Mr. Scovil and Professor Perritt will present aspects of his screenplay as a foundation for discussion of its characters, plot lines, and the underlying legal issues.
Space is limited for this event. An RSVP to IPLS is required.