|06-27-2005, 02:34 PM||#1|
Recovering Gadget Addict
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Supreme Court Rules Against Grokster
Slashdot is reporting that the Supreme Court has ruled...
Also of interest would be what consequences this would have on software like Fair Use Wizard or DVD Decrypter (already hit by legal issues) or DVD Shrink, etc. In fact, even signal enhancement devices used to stabalize a signal from a VHS tape might be dependent on a ruling.
I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot about the fallout over the next few days.
For now, here are a couple of early articles that I plan to read myself as soon as I get a few minutes...
San Francisco Chronicle Article
If you have any good links or discussions about this case and the fallout (especially those with nice summaries and easy to read for the lay person) please post them as replies here so we can continue to learn what this all means.
|06-27-2005, 03:40 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2003
Device: Tungsten T5
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 03:48 PM.
|06-28-2005, 02:16 AM||#3|
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: New York USA
My take on it is that if a P2P company full out advertises sharing copywritten files or plays the Sgt Schultz act by saying "I see nutting!!" they will be libel.
I have a feeling that other P2P services will consult with lawyers and start putting legal disclaimers about not sharing copywritten material. It would be argued that all traffic would be impossible to monitor so the disclaimer may be all that is required.
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