Debating the long

By Libe Goad  |  Posted 2005-07-28 Print this article Print

-term effects of the Grokster ruling"> David Green, senior counsel for public policy development at NBC-Universal, represented the opposing view and called the Supreme Courts unanimous decision a carefully measured compromise that everyone could agree with. In the end, Green said, the decision will provide rules that will drive the future of entertainment and technology. The case, he said, establishes fair rules that enable a digital future that allows for rapid download of movies protected by DRM.
"Grokster is a great boon to the DRM biz, a great boon to [consumers] wanting digital entertainment at a fair price," Green said. "Its a beneficial decision that we can all live with."
Click here to read Jim Rapozas view on the lingering effects of the Grokster decision. The solutions? Green said that the entertainment industry and technology innovators must work together in the future. On the other hand, vonLohman said that the Grokster decision will ultimately chill innovation, forcing tech companies to partner with entertainment companies before making a move. In the end, all agree that BitTorrent might be the ideal example of tech that straddles both sides. While the courts have gone after certain companies that use the technology, no one has gone after Bram Cohen, the delivery systems creator. At the same time, major entertainment companies are considering the technology as a delivery system for movie downloads and more. "BitTorrent is a good example of technology that can be used legitimately and can be used illegitimately," Green said. "We have nothing against technology… tech is something we embrace." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on image editing and Web publishing tools.


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