In SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the Court has ruled that the parties can use internet access for demonstrations at the trial.
Judge Nancy Gertner: Electronic ORDER entered granting  Motion in Limine With Respect to Internet Access: All of the parties have internet access in courtroom 2. The issue raissed by these pleadings is what will be demonstrated to the jury. Defendant seeks to demonstrate how p2p programs operate and how alternatives to p2p networks,"such as iTunes" work. Plaintiffs oppose because they have had no information with respect to what precisely will be shown to the jury. While the Court has no problem with a demonstration of the technology at issue here, there are the following caveats: First, the defendant is required to show the plaintiffs precisely what screen shots he will use; second, the only screen shots which are relevant are those which reflect the technology available at the time of the alleged infringement. (For example, there is a question concerning whether iTunes was available at the time of the acts in question; moreover, Kazaa has a different interface and ownership now than it had at the time of the alleged infringing acts.) If the defendant wishes to use a demonstration of the sort reflecting in these papers, he is ORDERED to allow the plaintiffs to preview it. The Court notes that such a demonstration can take place at the time of the pretrial conference on July 20, 2009. (Gertner, Nancy)
[Ed. note. As a daily reader of the RIAA's litigation documents, it was evident to me from their "opposition" papers that they were glad defendant had made the motion and wanted it to be granted, which means that they have plans of their own for the utilization of the internet demonstrations. Wondering what it is they plan to use it for. -R.B.]
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