February 02, 2004

Grokster, Morpheus and the Future of P2P

Judge John Noonan: "So 10% is noninfringing? That sounds like a lot of noninfringing files to me." and "You don't solve it by calling it 'theft.' You have to show why this court should extend a statutory monopoly to cover the new thing. That's your problem. Address that if you would."

Wired: "On Tuesday, lawyers for the entertainment industry will face off against attorneys for peer-to-peer operators Grokster and StreamCast Networks in front of a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California."

Prior post: ...U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson ruled in favor of online file-sharing services Grokster and Morpheus, saying the two companies are not liable for online piracy by users of their service. Defendants distribute and support software, the users of which can and do choose to employ it for both lawful and unlawful ends ... Grokster and Streamcast are not significantly different from companies that sell home video recorders or copy machines, both of which can be and are used to infringe copyrights....

  • Donna Wentworth offers Betamax in the Balance and an audio file of the MGM-Grokster oral argument.

  • Ren Bucholz compares Betamax oral arg to MGM/Grokster.

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