Law students seeking to have RIAA suit dismissed

Two University of Maine law students are representing their fellow classmates against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in a file sharing suit. The RIAA filed a suit in October, apparently as a first step in pursing individual students who allegedly downloaded music illegally. The RIAA suit does not name individual students, but will use the case as a means to subpoena the school, then go after individuals.

The law students filed a Motion to Dismiss the suit based on a Supreme Court decision that rejected similar tactics.

The two student lawyers, Hannah Ames and Lisa Chmelecki, are part of the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, which allows third-year law students to gain legal experience while providing legal services for clients with low incomes, including college students.

Ames and Chmelecki have been sworn in before the court and practice under supervision of a faculty member, who must sign off on their briefs before they are filed with the court.

The Forecaster

Here is the Supreme Court opinion.  The article incorrectly identifies it as a May 21 decision.

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