Recording Industry vs. The People (CLE Credit Pending)

Presented by

Ray Beckerman, Attorney at Law, Ray Beckerman, P.C.

About this talk

Veteran New York City business litigation attorney Ray Beckerman, author of the popular copyright law blog “Recording Industry vs. The People”, will discuss recent developments and key issues in the RIAA’s litigation campaign against individuals and families. The landscape in this area is changing on a day to day basis, so it will not be known until the date of the presentation what the exact content will be, but among the issues which Ray may discuss are: 1. How the RIAA gets ISP’s and institutions of higher learning to “name names”. 2. The nature and quality of the “evidence” the RIAA has when it starts the litigation process. 3. Why there are so many false positives. 4. What the RIAA alleges in its complaint, whether this meets the standards for pleading copyright infringement, and what constitutes a “distribution” under the US Copyright Act. 5. The economics of the lawsuits and the effect that has on outcomes. 6. Whether the RIAA’s claim for “statutory damages” passes constitutional muster. 7. Recent events and likely trends. 8. What effect the litigations have had on the music business.

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