By Jon Newton 1/20/05
March 29 is the date set for oral arguments in MGM v Grokster when the major movie studios and Big Music cartel will once again try to force a decision saying p2p companies can be held responsible if customers use their p2p software to infringe copyrights.
The entertainment industry has already lost once on this in District Court, and again at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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But Hollywood wont take an unequivocal court decision for an answer and is now trying to bludgeon the US the Supreme Court into reversing.
The lower court rulings were based on the Supreme Court's landmark decision in the 1984 Sony Betamax case, which determined that Sony was not liable for copyright violations by users of the Betamax VCR, says the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) which is representing Morpheus owner StreamCast Networks.
A final decision is expected by the end of July 2005.
Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.
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