Monday, June 27, 2005

Grokster Loses...Unanimiously

From the SCOTUS Blog:
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that developers of software violate federal copyright law when they provide computer users with the means to share music and movie files downloaded from the internet.
Unanimously

Update:

The opinion by Justice Souter [PDF]

A snip:
"We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties."
Justice Ginsburg concurred [PDF], joined by the Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justice Kennedy

&

Justice Breyer concurred [PDF], joined by Justices Stevens and O'Connor

Some (European) reflections later on, after the frenzy has calmed down (in the (US) blogosphere)

(Thru The Importance Of...)

Two roundups of commentary on the decision: Furdlog & EEJD

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