Legal Ethics

Harvard Is Blocking Continued Work on RIAA Case, Law Student Says


After a change in dean, Harvard Law School is reportedly making it difficult for a student to continue working on a high-profile file-sharing case that she says she has “lived and breathed and eaten” since September 2008.

The school is not only refusing to provide the certification letter that Debbie Rosenbaum may need to continue her pro bono work on the Recording Industry Association of America case against graduate student Joel Tenenbaum but at one point, according to Rosenbaum, told her she might face legal ethics issues if she sits with the rest of the defense team at trial, recounts the Copyrights & Campaigns law blog.

The law school’s Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, which has been overseeing Rosenbaum’s certification, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the copyrights blog.

The trial is scheduled to begin this morning in federal court in Boston. Harvard law professor Charles Nesson is overseeing the defense. He has pursued a number of unusual strategies that have been limited by the judge.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Harvard Prof Defends Controversial Tactics in Music Downloading Case”

ABAJournal.com: “RIAA Wants Harvard Prof to Take Case Recordings Off the Web”

Harvard Crimson: “Harvard Prof To Argue Against File-Sharing Law”

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