Supreme Court finds against file sharing

The US Supreme Court has found against file-sharing software provider Grokster in a ruling that potentially leaves other peer-to-peer networks liable for any illegal content shared by users.

In the case of MGM et al versus Grokster et al the court ruled unanimously in favour of the studios, stating that Grokster, StreamCast Networks and others can be held liable for any illegally copied material on members’ PCs if they encourage users to break copyright law. The lower courts will now decide the fate of the P2P companies.

“The record is replete with evidence that from the moment Grokster and StreamCast began to distribute their free software, each one clearly voiced the objective that recipients use it to… Read more at VNUnet.

The US Supreme Court has found against file-sharing software provider Grokster in a ruling that potentially leaves other peer-to-peer networks liable for any illegal content shared by users.

In the case of MGM et al versus Grokster et al the court ruled unanimously in favour of the studios, stating that Grokster, StreamCast Networks and others can be held liable for any illegally copied material on members’ PCs if they encourage users to break copyright law. The lower courts will now decide the fate of the P2P companies.

“The record is replete with evidence that from the moment Grokster and StreamCast began to distribute their free software, each one clearly voiced the objective that recipients use it to… Read more at VNUnet.