Rapper Chuck D. will be featured on a two hour
cable television special, "Music Wars: Open Mike," that will engage
industry experts on the question of file sharing.
The special, which will run on TechTV, will also
feature questions from a live audience as well as phoned in questions about
the controversial issue.
"The issue behind peer-to-peer file sharing
continues to polarize opinion throughout the entertainment industry and in political
circles,"said Vice President of Programming, Greg Brannan.
"With the RIAA recently launching an aggressive
attack on individual song swappers in an effort to expand its legal battle against
copyright theft, we felt that now was the time to present a comprehensive view
of what’s happening."
In addition to Chuck D., Nikke Hemming, the CEO
of Sharman Networks, which owns and operates Kazaa will be featured, as well
as former RIAA head Hillary Rosen, Congresswoman Mary Bono, Tommy Lee, Michelle
Branch, Phish and Jesse Jordan, who recently settled a case with the RIAA for
$12,000 after being hit with a lawsuit for file sharing.