[opendtv] News: SUPREME COURT AGREES TO HEAR P2P CASE

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004 06:31:11 -0500

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SUPREME COURT AGREES TO HEAR P2P CASE
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case concerning whether 
companies that develop P2P applications should be held responsible 
for copyright infringement that takes place on those networks. The 
recording industry has repeatedly asked the courts to find companies 
such as StreamCast, which distributes the Morpheus software, and 
Grokster liable for music piracy, but a succession of rulings have 
favored the P2P companies. In those decisions, the courts have 
consistently invoked the Sony-Betamax decision by the Supreme Court, 
which made VCRs legal despite their ability to make illegal copies of 
copyrighted movies and television programs. Some observers believe 
that if the Supreme Court overturns the Sony-Betamax decision, all 
manner of electronic equipment will be subject to the decision. Fred 
von Lohmann, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation who 
has represented StreamCast, said, "This case will ... [determine] the 
future of a whole host of future digital products." Arguments will 
likely be heard in March, and a decision in the case is expected by 
June. ZDNet, 10 December 2004 
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5487491.html
 
 
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