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In Brief: Grockster gets a date with the U.S. Supreme Court
  Posted by: Infoworld on Jan 21st, 2005 4:33 AM
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The U.S. Supreme Court has set March 29 as the date for oral arguments on whether companies providing peer-to-peer file trading software should be held responsible for copyright infringement committed by users of their products. The arguments are part of a long-playing case pitting a cadre of entertainment industry players against distributors of the Grokster and Morpheus file trading software. The p-to-p companies have already won in district court and again last August when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Grokster, Morpheus distributor StreamCast Networks, and a site operated by StreamCast called Musiccity.com were not liable for copyright violations by their users. The entertainment companies, led by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), decided to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying there are seminal issues at stake. The Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion by the end of July.<p>ADVERTISEMENT</p><p><img src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/idg.us.ifw.general/bmcrsstco;sz=1x1;ord=200301151450?" width="1" height="1" border="0"/><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;12678010;10650044;o?http://www.infoworld.com/spotlights/intel/itproductivity.html?lpid0122036700750427idlp">Reducing the Total Cost of Ownership</a><br/>Learn how to reduce the total coast of ownership in enterprise data management in this case study.</p>

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