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Copyright Law Unconstitutional? - 08 Rewind


12/31/2008
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Copyright Law Unconstitutional? was a top story for October. Enjoy our 2008 news rewind as you read the story again:(Billboard) A Harvard Law School professor has launched a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at the heart of the industry's aggressive strategy, which has wrung payments from thousands of song-swappers since 2003.

The professor, Charles Nesson, has come to the defense of a Boston University graduate student targeted in one of the music industry's lawsuits. By taking on the case, Nesson hopes to challenge the basis for the suit, and all others like it.

Nesson argues that the Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999 is unconstitutional because it effectively lets a private group - the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA - carry out civil enforcement of a criminal law. [interesting enough, soon after this the RIAA stopped their practice of suing fans] - more on this story



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