June 27, 2005 12:28 PM PST
Ars Technica has a good overview of the ruling today in this case
. Basically it seems the rule now is that p2p apps are OK, as long as they're not marketed for illegal filesharing. It also looks bad if you make money on ads in your p2p app that's marketed for illegal content.
The decision doesn't say that any explicit action must be taken to prevent the sharing of copyrighted materials, just that the app can't be marketed as such.
So how are secure p2p apps marketed?
Do you have something to hide?
Now, how does this affect the iPod? 15,000 songs in your pocket!
I suppose it's marketed at those spending $15 grand at the iTunes store. ;-) Large capacity hard drives, CD/DVD burners, DivX hardware and mp3 players are basically all riding the filesharing wave, but are smart enough not to advertise it.