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    Ninth Circuit Declares Grokster, Morpheus Not Liable for

    Pasedena, CA - Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made
    a crucial decision in support of technology innovators by
    declaring that distributors of the peer-to-peer software
    Grokster and Morpheus cannot be held liable for the
    infringing activities of their users.  The Electronic
    Frontier Foundation argued on behalf of Streamcast, the
    creators of the Morpheus software, in a case that pitted
    dozens of entertainment conglomerates against two small
    software companies.

    The Ninth Circuit decision is based in part on the fact
    that P2P networks have significant non-infringing uses, and
    that they can help artists earn money.  The ruling is
    similar to the Supreme Court's decision in the 1984 Betamax
    case, which determined that Sony was not liable for
    copyright violations by users of the Betamax VCR.

    "Today's ruling will ultimately be viewed as a victory for
    copyright owners.  As the court recognized today, the
    entertainment industry has been fighting new technologies
    for a century, only to learn again and again that these new
    technologies create new markets and opportunities," said
    EFF Senior Intellectual Property Attorney Fred von Lohmann.
    "There is no reason to think that file sharing will be any

    The court's decision was unanimous.

    "This is a victory for innovators of all stripes," added
    von Lohmann.  "The court's ruling makes it clear that
    innovators need not beg permission from record labels and
    Hollywood before they deploy exciting new technologies."

    It is likely that the entertainment companies will appeal
    the Ninth Circuit's decision to the Supreme Court.
    For this release:


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    Double Agent
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    good good

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    rrtn's Avatar Poster
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    awesome go grokster guy!
    funny how the grokster guy takes all the heat for p2p swapping, i dont know 1 person that uses grokster...doesnt grokster suck?

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    Arm's Avatar Poster
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    a well
    Gotta love the EFF. They are the ACLU of computers.

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    Benno's Avatar Poster
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    It is likely that the entertainment companies will appeal
    the Ninth Circuit's decision to the Supreme Court.

    You Better Keep In Mind That I Can Read Between The Lines

    Never argue with an idiot, they drag you down to there level and beat you with experience!!


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