From this morning's Portland Morning Sentinel:
Maine law students enter battle on downloading, against record labels
By TREVOR MAXWELL
Blethen Maine Newspapers Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 01/07/2008
Lisa Chmelecki and Hannah Ames, friends and third-year students at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, had never studied copyright law before a few months ago, and were unfamiliar with a historic legal battle brewing on college campuses nationwide.
Now they're right in the middle of it.
Chmelecki and Ames, under the supervision of Professor Deirdre Smith, are defending two college students who have been sued for copyright infringement by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cases came to them through the law school's legal aid clinic, which provides representation to low-income residents.
Chmelecki and Ames filed briefs last month in federal court, and are waiting for a judge to rule on their motion to dismiss the cases against their clients.
They argue that the digital information used by the recording industry to bring the lawsuits falls short of a new legal standard, set by the U.S. Supreme Court in a decision in May.
"We're defending the process," said Ames, 25, a Harpswell native. "The RIAA needs to follow the rules, the same way everyone else needs to." Their involvement in the case has captured national attention from lawyers, bloggers and others who intensely follow technology law. The upcoming decision could set a precedent for other students facing RIAA lawsuits. It's all part of a larger debate about the future of information and the Internet.
Alternative link (Portland Press Herald) "Third-year law students take on recording industry"
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