The main problem with the ruling, is that now any software that has internet sharing will have to add copyright protection or something, too much work for most software developers just to please a few big fat executives with the entertainment industry...
So does this mean software like bittorent will have to be rewritten or taken down? Bittorrent may be notorious for it being used by audio/video file traders but it was not written for that purpose...things like podcast could be traded there and many podcasters don't have the money to get big servers/bandwidth.
And doesn't the SC decision contradict the Betamax case, If so, then the Betamax precedent is now effectively obsolete?
In the end, this is just adding another roadblock to innovation.... and would hamper the US technology industry more than it helps the entertainment industry. Like the Stem-Cell ban in the Us, now Korea and other country is way ahead of the US.
These things (Grokster, etc) won't go away with the ruling anyway...they will just migrate to Russia or some other country where copyright protection are more lax. And since this thing is already in the wild, how do they shut it down? Closing Grokster will have no effect since there's no central server like Napster. Some other rogue website will probably still host the Program even if Grokster goes down...
I have no love lost for pirates (or Grokster) but the law is making it hard for common consumers like us. How about Wifi enabled devices, they can be used to share illicit files too, don't they?
Last edited by gadgetguru; 06-27-2005 at 02:48 PM.