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Actually, after reading a bit more about the Grokster v. MGM decision, things do look rather bleak. This is something that everybody interested in peer-to-peer technologies, and the benefits and potential benefits they bring to society, should look into.

A snippet of a press relase from <a href="[link]">The Electronic Frontier Foundation</a>:

<blockquote>Washington, DC - Today the Supreme Court issued a ruling that could impede makers of all kinds of technologies with expensive lawsuits. The long-awaited decision in MGM v. Grokster states that P2P software manufacturers can be held liable for the infringing activities of people who use their software. This decision relies on a new theory of copyright liability that measures whether manufacturers created their wares with the "intent" of inducing consumers to infringe. It means that inventors and entrepreneurs will not only bear the costs of bringing new products to market, but also the costs of lawsuits if consumers start using their products for illegal purposes.</blockquote>

Please also check out [link] This is quite a sad day. The first set of donations I receive will go to organisations such as The EFF, defending the rights of ordinary people from the RIAA and MPAA. It's now more likely an open-source CocoGnut will be made available sometime as well.

 is a RISC OS Usercocodude on 28/6/05 8:43AM
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