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Grokster Decision is meaningless to filesharers

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On June 27, 2005 @ 11:12 am In Film,Music | Comments Disabled

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

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 [1], 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 [2] (EFF)

Notes on RIAA and MPAA Press Conference [3]

Pro-Grokster press conference [4]

WSJ Grokster Roundtable [5]   

C/NET File Swap round up [6]

Copyfight [7]

Freedom-to-tinker [8]

FTC Staff Workshop Report: Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Technology [9] [PDF]

Entertainment Industry Wins High Court Piracy Fight [10]

Supreme Court Unanimously Sides With Entertainment Industry In Gokster Case [10]

Court: File-sharing services may be sued [11]

Studios Win Big in Grokster Case [12]

Supreme Court rules against file swapping [13]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Google Video: http://video.google.com/

[2] MGM v. Grokster: http://www.eff.org/IP/P2P/MGM_v_Grokster/

[3] Notes on RIAA and MPAA Press Conference: http://www.corante.com/importance/archives/2005/06/27/notes_on_riaa_and_mpaa_press_conference.php

[4] Pro-Grokster press conference: http://www.corante.com/importance/archives/2005/06/27/notes_on_progrokster_press_conference.php

[5] WSJ Grokster Roundtable: http://online.wsj.com/public/article/0,,SB111876448710759221,00.html

[6] C/NET File Swap round up: http://news.com.com/File-swap+fallout+in+Supreme+Court+ruling/2009-1030-5751805.html?part=dht&tag=ntop&tag=nl.e433

[7] Copyfight: http://www.corante.com/copyfight/

[8] Freedom-to-tinker: http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/

[9] FTC Staff Workshop Report: Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Technology: http://www.ftc.gov/reports/p2p05/050623p2prpt.pdf

[10] Entertainment Industry Wins High Court Piracy Fight: http://billboardradiomonitor.com/radiomonitor/news/business/leg_reg/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000968834

[11] Court: File-sharing services may be sued: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8B013TO0.htm?campaign_id=apn_home_down

[12] Studios Win Big in Grokster Case: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA621561.html?display=Breaking+News

[13] Supreme Court rules against file swapping: http://news.com.com/Supreme+Court+rules+against+file+swapping/2100-1030_3-5764135.html

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