Wednesday, October 27, 2010

St. John's Law School synmposium explores music downloading cases

Those readers in the New York area may be interested in attending a symposium this Friday, Oct. 29 at St. John's University School of Law in Queens about the record labels' litigation against individual peer-to-peer infringers. The panel looks a bit heavy on the "anti" side, but it should be an interesting event nonetheless:

Reaching Acc[h]ord: Resolving Disputes Over Music Downloading

October 29, 2010 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Law School | Belson Moot Court Room | 2nd Floor

The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution, together with the Law School's Dispute Resolution Societyand Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Society, presents:

Reaching Acc[h]ord: Resolving Disputes Over Music Downloading

  • Charles S. Nesson | Harvard Law School professor and counsel to Joel Tenenbaum
  • Joel Tennenbaum | Boston University student initially found liable for over $600,000 in damages for unauthorized music downloading
  • Ray Beckerman | Respected entertainment attorney and blogger on the topic of music downloading
  • Jake Walden | Independent recording artist.
  • Cathy Constantino | Conflict Management System Design Expert

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Friday, October 29, 2010

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

School of Law | Belson Moot Court Room | Second Floor

$25 entry fee
Free admission for law students with valid Law School ID

Please register at by Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Maureen Mulligan
Associate Director of Special Events
(718) 990-1950


  1. I noted the sponsors of the symposium bemoan the fact that representatives of music labels and the like have apparently declined to attend.

    Given the makeup of the panel and the ongoing litigation, I would have been surprised had the labels done anything else. Seriously, defendant lawyers and at least one defendant involved in such litigation actually want to sit down and discuss matters such as these, matters that may be of significant importance in ongoing trials and appeals?

    In my view defendants' counsels have shown a propensity to play fast and loose with the Rules of Civil Procedure and the Rules of Evidence. Is it really wise to now begin butting up against the Rules of Professional Responsibility?

  2. If indeed label reps declined to attend (and I have not confirmed that myself), I can hardly blame them, given panelist Ray Beckerman's long history of nasty and juvenile personal attacks on the labels' attorneys:

  3. Ben,

    My comment was based upon an exchange at Mr. Beckerman's site between him and Mr. Tenenbaum.


  4. >> ...given panelist Ray Beckerman's long history of nasty and juvenile personal attacks on the labels' attorneys.

    Well deserved attacks, I'd say. Particularly given the RIAAs continuous threats of multi-million dollar judgements against people who they only knew to be subscriber account holders - not infringers themselves. The circumstances as they've become in the courts, do you still believe, Ben, that peer-to-peer filesharers ought to be subject to multi-million dollar judgements against them for sharing a handful of songs?

  5. @Anonymous: If you believe that engaging in nasty, personal attacks of the sort Beckerman does is appropriate because you disagree with the record labels' legal positions and tactics (which positions and tactics have been endorsed by multiple federal courts across the land), then this blog is really not the place for you.


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