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Saturday, April 26, 2003

Filesharing Services Not Liable for Piracy, Judge Says
AP reports a U.S. federal judge has ruled that popular filesharing services Morpheus and Grokster are not liable for illegal copying of music and movies.

The 34-page ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson was a blow to recording companies and movie studios who had sought to stem the illegal copying and distribution of their copyright works.

The decision, if it survives appeal, essentially absolves Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks Inc. of liability. Grokster distributes file-sharing software by that name, and StreamCast distributes Morpheus. The ruling does not apply to a third and more popular service, Kazaa from Sharman Networks Ltd.

(via The Globe and Mail)
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 2:18 AM |

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