June 30, 2005

The Grokster Decision

Last June the Supreme Court ruled that peer-to-peer software manufacturers can be held liable for the copyright infringing activities of those who use their software. In MGM v. Grokster the court's ruling establishes a new standard for liability including whether a company creates its products with the intention to induce infringement.

Reaction to the decision is mixed.

Electronic Frontier Foundation summaries and case timeline

ZDNet provides a business perspective on legal uses of P2P technology

"...Big Win for File Sharing..." USA Today story from 7/1/05 suggests positive outcomes for the decision.

Posted by copyinfo at 4:35 PM