writes "The big guns are lining up in a Rhode Island RIAA case maybe?
"A Harvard Law School professor had been scheduled to ask a judge to bar the music industry from forcing the parents of Joel Tenenbaum to surrender their computer. But Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond postponed the hearing until Jan. 6 to make sure all lawyers in the case, including a couple from outside Rhode Island, were authorized to appear in court."
Apparently, the judge wants every lawyer to be admitted before the RI Bar. That sounds reasonable.
"Tenenbaum, a 24-year-old graduate student, is targeted in a lawsuit that is part of the music industry's campaign against people who share music online. He is accused by the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA, of downloading at least seven songs and making 816 music files available for distribution on the Kazaa file-sharing network in 2004."
"Central to Nesson's case is a challenge to the constitutionality of a federal copyright law at the heart of the industry's aggressive strategy, which has wrung payments from thousands of song-swappers since 2003.
Also Monday, Almond denied a request from a music industry lawyer to order that evidence in the case be preserved after Nesson argued it would effectively prevent the Tenenbaums from using their computer."
Maybe NYCL can shed some light on this?"Link to Original Source