April 25th, 2003


File Swappers actually *WIN* for a change!

A federal court in Los Angeles surprised everyone -- both the music industry and file swapping applications themselves -- by rejecting a lawsuit against Grokster and Morpheus, saying they can't be held liable for files traded on their services!

"Grokster and Streamcast are not significantly different from companies that sell home video recorders or copy machines, both of which can be and are used to infringe copyrights," said U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson.

Wow. A judge that understands something about the technology and treats it fairly for a change -- and who dared to make this decision in L.A.! That's kinda like a judge in North Carolina ruling against big tobacco...

One thing that is particularly nice about this decision is that it is based on established legal precident from decisions regarding video recorders. Could this be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court?! Possibly...

So, the legal responsibility for filesharing seems to be shifting towards individuals, where it belongs. There are over 40 million of us filesharers out there, most of whom are small fish, and many of whom are avid supporters of musicians.

Frankly, this sounds like better odds to me.

ends of eras...

Looks likely that the Throwing Muses might be calling it quits after one final short tour of the states. They're going to be playing Slim's in San Francisco next month for two shows before going on to Seattle.

Fortunately, it looks like I will be able to make the show... my inheritance will come in right around the beginning of the month.

I have all these ideas for the back patio with the soon-to-be hot tub area... but I'm not certain I know how to put them into practice, exactly. Might hire a carpenter, or perhaps go to the library and see if they have any good books on such things.

Where's Ground Force when you need them?!!