On Monday, a few hours before jury selection in a high-profile Boston copyright infringement case in which several record companies and the Recording Industry Association of America are suing Massachusetts college students for illegal Internet music downloads, a federal district court judge shot down one of the defense team's key legal theories. The judge wrote that defendant Joel Tenenbaum couldn't cite fair use, the legal use of copyrighted works under certain circumstances, during the trial.
Federal Judge Shoots Down 'Fair Use' Defense in Music Download Trial
The National Law Journal
July 28, 2009