Maine Law Clinic Students Challenge Recording Industry on File-Sharing

Working in the University of Maine School of Law's Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, two third-year law students have challenged the Recording Industry Association of America and its practice of suing college students for file-sharing. Clinic students Lisa Chmelecki and Hannah Ames, under the supervision of Professor Deirdre Smith, are in federal court defending college students who have been sued for copyright infringement. Chmelecki and Ames argue that the recording industry tactics fall short of a legal standard set recently by the U.S. Supreme Court. This case is part of a larger debate about the future of information and the internet and has captured national attention from lawyers, bloggers and others who follow technology law. For more information, see: