Supreme Court to Decide P2P Legality
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether two peer-to-peer network operators, Grokster and StreamCast, are liable for the copyright infringement committed by their users.The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a landmark case on Tuesday that could have far-reaching consequences for both copyright holders and the technology industry. At issue is whether two peer-to-peer network operators, Grokster and StreamCast, are liable for the copyright infringement committed by their users. Both file-sharing companies contend that P2P (peer-to-peer) networks can be used to share legal content and that they cannot control, and thus are not liable for, any piracy going on. Sharman Networks, owner of Kazaa, has mounted a similar defense in a case brought by the record industry in Australia. The entertainment industry, which will be represented in court by MGM Studios, disagrees with such claims. Hollywood and the RIAA say P2P companies such as Grokster and StreamCast are no different from the old Napster, and that they have built their business by encouraging users to share illicit content.
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