"Lessig’s experience makes him uniquely qualified to render his opinion on the landmark June 27 decision (.pdf) by the Supreme Court in MGM v. Grokster to side with recording studios and against companies distributing peer-to-peer file-sharing software that lets people trade commercial songs for free.
"He’s somewhat pleased that the court’s decision to send the case back to the Ninth Circuit court in effect upheld an earlier Sony decision involving the Betamax VCR, which declined to hold manufacturers liable for illegal acts by their users.
"But Lessig contends the Supreme Court’s decision will chill innovation by introducing a new level of uncertainty about whether a technology creator had an intent to allow copyright infringement."
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