Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

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.

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