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    Studios Win Big in Grokster Case

    By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/27/2005 10:59:00 AM

    A unanimous Supreme Court dealt a blow to Grokster and fair-use advocates Monday, ruling that companies that create the technology for sharing movies, TV shows, and other digital content over the Internet may be liable for the illegal content piracy those technologies make possible.

    It was a big victory for studios and broadcasters. They argued that the vast majority of the digital file sharing over peer-to-peer computer networks that Grokester makes possible is illegal and threatens their business models and survival in the digital age.


    Saying broadcasters have to pay for their copyrighted material, NAB, which sided with the studios, had argued that shielding companies like Grokster threaten broadcasters' ability to offer geographic exclusivity for programming.


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I'll reserve comment until I see the ruling posted at the Supreme Court's website (, of course, I'll want to read how the EFF ( spins it - their press conference is happening as I type this.

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An early take on this (warning: blog content) suggests that while this decision may not have shat on the Betamax precedent as much as it initially appeared, the issue is in play.

Ginsburg / Rehnquist / Kennedy appear to lean towards further erosion of Betamax, Breyer / Stevens / O'Connor appear to favor maintaining most of the status quo, and Scalia / Thomas / Souter are waiting out in the hall.

Interesting times.

(edited by vsp on 27.6.05 1503)

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I always just apply the "what if it were Clinton" rule to judge the GOP hypocracy over this type of stuff. Hmm, if Bill Clinton (OK, Gore for this analogy)
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