Juicy Little Bits (In the Sealed Record)

June 28, 2005

Technology

It’s been a busy day thus far. I have updated my various systems to utilize the new iTunes 4.9 podcatching features. And I’ve deleted iPodder from my systems – just to get the complete and immersive experience.

So as I was building my subscriptions at work, I added IT Conversations as one of the first subscriptions. [The feed and articles for IT Conversations can be found here.] Today, Doug Kay is hosting Ernest Miller in a discussion of the MGM v. Grokster decision.

With all the hysteria starting to subside, the panelists/experts had a few important conclusions:

  • This case will go back to trial. And this may not be decided for several years.
  • This case is more about trial and procedural issues than it is about copyright issues.
  • There is no new standard being created. The Sony standard still applies.
  • This eventual results in this case will probably hinge upon whether or not Grokster was involved in the “active inducement” to infringe copyrights.
  • There is intense speculation that the sealed records may contain a smoking gun whereby the plaintiffs could argue that Grokster intended to promote copyright infringement.

Head on over to IT Conversations and download this episode. It’s worth the investment of time.

-CyclingRoo-

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