Sunday, June 26, 2005

Supreme Court Sides with Content Owners

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that peer-to-peer file sharing networks could be held liable if they enable, encourage and profit from users that swap copyrighted material. The ruling hailed as a major victory by the entertainment industry.

"Today's unanimous ruling is an historic victory for intellectual property in the digital age, and is good news for consumers, artists, innovation and lawful Internet businesses. The Supreme Court sent a strong and clear message that businesses based on theft should not and will not be allowed to flourish. This decision will be of utmost importance as we continue developing innovative and legitimate ways to marry content and technology so consumers can access entertainment on a variety of devices, " stated Dan Glickman, President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

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