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File-swapping Cleared from Infringement

The Ninth Circuit has further clarified contributory and vicarious liability for copyright infringement. This time, they ruled that file-swapping software doesn't violate copyrights of music artists. Quite like the argument over banning guns - gunmakers aren't responsible for murder, criminals are.

The Court reasoned that since software developers can't directly control the actions of the people that use the software, we essentially have to assume the software will be used for legitimate means.

It's a not-too-unexpected setback for the record companies. But never fear, the record companies have their lobbyists, so they've got a bill in place to ban peer-to-peer networks. Funny enough, supposedly "secret" government documents are available for download on a P2P network.

It appears that Morpheus won't be going the way of the old Napster.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 14:35 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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