In Re: Sony BMG Music Entertainment, et al.,

Amicus Curiae Brief of the Associated Press, Courtroom Television Network LLC, Dow Jones & Co., Inc., Gannett Co., Inc. et al., in Opposition to the Petition

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EFF urged a federal appeals court to allow the live webcasting of a hearing in one of the thousands of lawsuits that have been brought against users of peer-to-peer file-sharing systems.

The District Court granted defendant Joel Tennenbaum's request to allow an upcoming hearing to be webcast on the website of the Berkman Center at Harvard, which also serves as Mr. Tennebaum's counsel. The record company plaintiffs have now asked the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block the webcast.

In its amicus brief, EFF -- representing a coalition of media and public interest nonprofits -- notes that the RIAA litigation campaign has elicited strong opinions and passions on both sides, making this case a good one for an initial experiment in webcasting federal district court proceedings.

This is the AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, COURTROOM TELEVISION NETWORK LLC, DOW JONES & CO., INC., GANNETT CO., INC., THE HEARST CORPORATION, INCISIVE MEDIA, LLC, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, INC., NBC UNIVERSAL, INC., THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY, RADIOTELEVISION NEWS DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION, THE REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY, TRIBUNE COMPANY AND WASHINGTON POST DIGITAL IN OPPOSITION TO THE PETITION.

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