Grokster Loses Copyright Case

Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes, Jun 27, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Americans are still weighing the impact of today's Supreme Court essentially ruling against Grokster and other file sharing services. "We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement," wrote Justice David Souter in the majority opinion. Michael Geist says it's not so bad: "P2P technology didn't lose... By seeking to retain Sony but build in active inducement, it is trying to navigate a difficult fine line... premised on 'purposeful culpable expression and conduct.'"CRLFOthers are less sanguine. The internet is now awash with opinion; I'll just say it's a bad decision and leave it at that.
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