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June 27, 2005

Supreme Court Rules Against Grokster

In a case that could potentially effect DVR and television technology in the future, the Supreme Court ruled that:

"One who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright ... is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties using the device, regardless of the device's lawful uses."

Slashdot.org points out the importance of the word "promote".

If you work as an attorney for the MPAA, expect a big Christmas bonus this year (although with all the increased workload you'll need to cancel that vacation).

Posted on June 27, 2005

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