Grokster Decision is meaningless to filesharers

Monday, June 27, 2005 | 11:12 AM
in Film | Music

While people may disagree about the appropriate response to filesharing, its pretty clear to most that if Hollywood embraced and extended P2P, they would have a fantastic distribution and promotion machine at their disposal.

I guess all those file sharers, once they read Souter's decision for the majority, will be so compelled by its legal force and arguments that they will immediately stop swapping.

This decision is meaningless when it comes to P2P behavior, but could have significant ramifications for tech and content companies. A bad decision for yechnology and consumers, a good decision for studios and labels . . .

NOTE:  This now sends this case back to the lower courts for trial


Update:  June 27, 2005 1:37pm

What does the Grokster decision mean for Google? They just rolled out Google Video, a search tool that lets you find video on the Web; If you then download what you find, is Google now viacariously liable?

Scrolling News Resources:

MGM v. Grokster (EFF)

Notes on RIAA and MPAA Press Conference

Pro-Grokster press conference

WSJ Grokster Roundtable   

C/NET File Swap round up



FTC Staff Workshop Report: Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Technology [PDF]

Entertainment Industry Wins High Court Piracy Fight

Supreme Court Unanimously Sides With Entertainment Industry In Gokster Case

Court: File-sharing services may be sued

Studios Win Big in Grokster Case

Supreme Court rules against file swapping


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It's odd that in the same legal system that says gun manufacturers can't be held liable for what people do with their products, a tech company that makes file-sharing software can.

And should I not have downloaded that movie trailer for "War of the Worlds"? You know, the one that's supposed to encourage me to go see the stupid movie....Terrible thing that I downloaded it.....

Posted by: royce | Jun 27, 2005 12:01:34 PM

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