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MGM v. Grokster


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.

Comments (2)

John, June 27, 2005 12:50 PM:

More quotes from the ruling.

J, June 27, 2005 01:03 PM:

I wonder how this will affect bittorrent index sites. Most of them advertise being able to get copyrighted content "even though they don't actually host any of it". Seems that just being an index and generating ad revenue on a site might fall under this same pattern of thinking. Are we going to have to be careful what we link to?

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