1st Circ. Nixes Webcast Of Sony File-Sharing Spat

Law360, New York (April 16, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a consolidated group of file-sharing cases brought by record labels including Sony BMG Music Entertainment against music downloaders, many of whom are students, a federal appeals court has reversed a judge's order to allow for a motions hearing to be webcast.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued an opinion Thursday forbidding enforcement of a Massachusetts federal judge's order allowing the Courtroom View Network to webcast a nonevidentiary motions hearing.

The appellate court determined that Judge Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District...
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