I resend a notice from Fred Benenson, head of NYU Free Culture
Club. The notice of this important action at law is appended.

Personal Note:

Listening to and seeing such a case argued before a judge is
seldom boring. If you go you will likely be astonished at more
than one thing.

Appearing at court to listen, and to learn, is important. It is
also important that we show up so that the other side knows that
we will not lose this engagement by default. Speak to reporters.
Reporters are usually intelligent and usually want to learn, but
often they are remarkably ignorant. A careful clarity of
expression, and a gentle stroking of the flanks, will sometimes
loosen a bit the grip of The Official Story on the mind of the

Jay Sulzberger
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.

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Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 17:53:59 -0400
From: "Fred Benenson"
Sender: fred.benenson@gmail.com
To: "Free Culture @ NYU's list serv"
Subject: [free-culture] Google v. Viacom Tomorrow
Reply-To: "Fred Benenson"

Free Culture @ NYU,

So one of the benefits of living in a self-proclaimed democracy
is that at least some of the court trials are mostly open to the
public. That means that when Viacom sues Google for ONE BILLION
DOLLARS over YouTube's "infinite amount of infringement" we're
allowed to sit in on all the court room antics.

I attended the first (and last, as far as I can tell) hearing and
it was a scheduling hearing. Despite a stern warning from my
lawyer friends that the hearing would be immensely boring, I
really enjoyed it. The two sides ended up getting into their
arguments in a very inappropriate and entertaining way.

Now, I have no idea whether tomorrow will have the same kind of
fireworks, but I am certainly intending on being there. There
were mostly reporters and lawyers (especially one lawyer who kept
on sneering when Google would say stuff like "How are we supposed
to take responsibility for an 'infinite amount of
infringement?'") last time and I felt a little out of place with
a t-shirt, so you might consider wearing something nice if you
don't want to feel awkward.

Anyway, here's the information:

Google v. Viacom
4pm, Friday October 26th 2007
Room 21C
Judge Louis L. Stanton
United States Courthouse
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007-1312*Phone:* 212-805-0136

If anyone wants to meet up, I'll be outside (or maybe in the lobby if its
really going to rain) around 3:30.


Fred Benenson
President, Free Culture @ NYU