RIAA vs. Alleged KaZaA Downloader Trial Begins
Ars Technica has a great review of jury selection and opening arguments in the case of Capitol Records et al v. Jammie Thomas.
Interesting that of the 12 jurors selected, one is an amateur musician and a Rolling Stone subscriber. About half of the jurors have downloaded music via iTunes or a similar service, and one's a bartender.
Bars and music go together, but that's for another discussion.
Anyway, RIAA attorney Richard Gabriel said that record labels are made up of "real people," not just stars, and that copyright infringement is a threat to their livlihood.
Thomas, who is accused of illegally downloading some 1,700 tracks via KaZaa, is being represented by Brian Toder. The attorney raised points about the actual hard drive where these tracks may have been downloaded to, as well as the purportedly offending hard drive's admissibility as evidence.
I'd expect more updates later today.
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