Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Tuesday, March 29

Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Tuesday, March 29

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, March 29.

The US Supreme Court [official website] hears oral argument in two cases today. At 10 AM ET, the Court will hear arguments in MGM Studios v. Grokster [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], 04-480, in which it will decide [CNET News report] whether file-sharing services are liable for copyright infringements committed by users of the companies' software when infringement constitutes a large majority of the use. The ABA has merit briefs in the case. Following that, the Court will hear arguments in the consolidated cases of National Telecommunications Association v. Brand X Internet Services and FCC v. Brand X Internet Services, 04-277 and 04-281. In those cases, the Court will consider whether cable modem service constitutes an information service or telecommunication service under the Communications Act [text, PDF]. The ABA has merit briefs filed in the case.

The US Senate and US House [official websites] are in recess until April 4.

The Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] is holding a commission meeting at 10 AM ET today. Read the agenda, and watch a live webcast of the meeting.

The National Press Club is holding a forum on the new European Constitution [EU backgrounder] with British MP Mark Hendrick at 3 PM ET. Watch a live webcast via C-SPAN 2.

The American Constitution Society is holding a forum on medical malpractice reform with Paul Barringer [official profile], chief counsel for Common Good. Watch a live webcast via C-SPAN 3 beginning at 2 PM ET.

The UN General Assembly [official website] meets at 10 AM ET today, when it will conduct a comprehensive review of peacekeeping operations in all aspects, including a report by the Special Political and Decolonization Committee. Watch a live webcast of the session.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UN Chef de Cabinet Malloch Brown will hold a press conference at 3:30 PM ET today on the latest interim report by the Volcker Oil-for-Food program inquiry. Watch a live webcast of the briefing.