The Electronic Frontier Foundation has put together a site that links to the various points of view on the MGM v Grokster decision that declared that distributors of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing systems may be held liable if they actively induce copyright infringement by users of those P2P systems.
The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)— a group composed of the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association, and Special Libraries Association — welcomed this decision, saying that the decision supports the interests of libraries while addressing issues of widespread copyright infringement.
However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation holds that "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." They contend the decision will stifle the development of new technology.
Posted by at July 1, 2005 1:59 PM