June 27, 2005
Filed under Digital Copyright
The Supreme Court this morning issued its much-anticipated decision in MGM v. Grokster, a case with major implications for innovation and content protection online. The court said that the entertainment industry had presented ample evidence that Grokster and StreamCast -- two makers of peer-to-peer software -- had gone beyond simply distributing technology by actively inducing users to illegally download copyrighted works. The court upheld the vital principle that simply creating and distributing technology is not enough to hold an inventor liable for infringement under copyright law.