A federal judge has ruled that companies that produce file swapping software are not legally liable for copyright violations by end users.
“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.”
While I think he’s right, I suspect the decision will be overturned on appeal. Frankly, while it is true that there is a legitimate use for file sharing software, the predominant purpose is transfer of copywrited material. That’s not the case with the VCR, which is almost entirely about time shifting broadcast programming or viewing rented movies.
(Hat tip: Drudge)