The Boston Globe reports that Federal District Court Judge Nancy Gertner has agreed to allow next week's hearing in the RIAA's copyright suit against BU student Joel Tenenbaum to be televised. Tennebaum's legal defense team includes Harvard Law School professor Charles Nessom.
[Judge Gertner] dismissed as "specious" the recording industry's objections that publicity will influence potential jurors and said she has received assurances that the video stream will be unedited and available to all non-commercial users.
Gertner also said streaming court proceedings online will also serve the recording industry's stated objective of discouraging people from sharing music online.
The video will be streamed from the website of Harvard's Berkmen Center for Internet and Society. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, January 22nd.