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What happens to BitTorrent after Grokster ruling by Supreme Court?
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Subject: What Happens to BitTorrent After Grokster?
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2005 09:53:06 -0500
From: Mark F. Schultz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Declan McCullagh <email@example.com>
Like every other IP law professor in the universe, I'm blogging on
Grokster (as a guest at Eric
Goldman's Technology and Marketing blog). I thought that you and your
readers might be among those
who would be particularly interested in a take on what happens to
BitTorrent. Bottom line: Bram
Cohen and BitTorrent as a technology are fine, sites like Suprnova are not.
What Happens to BitTorrent After Grokster?
By Mark Schultz, Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois School of Law
BitTorrent and its creator, Bram Cohen, should be just fine. Some
services that use BitTorrent to
promote infringing file sharing for commercial gain, like the now
defunct Suprnova.org, are most
likely in trouble. The difference in results points to one fortunate
aspect of today’s decision. The
Court’s holding focuses on “bad actors,” not “bad technology.” In that
respect the safe harbor of
Sony still stands. (Whether the prospect of having to defend oneself as
a “good actor” will stifle
technological development is a subject for another post or a law review
Posted by Declan McCullagh on Jun 29, 2005
in category intellectual-property
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