Supreme Court Rules Against Grokster
"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (.pdf) Monday that software companies can be held liable for copyright infringement when individuals use their technology to download songs and movies illegally.
"The unanimous decision handed the music and movie industries a crucial victory in their ongoing battle to curb Internet piracy — a campaign centered on lobbying for new laws, filing thousands of lawsuits against Internet users, and winning a ruling from the nation’s highest court.
"Their victory Monday on the third piece of that strategy dealt a big blow to technology companies, which claim that holding them accountable for the illegal downloading of songs, movies, video games and other proprietary products would stifle their ability to develop new products."
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