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Tech vendors could be liable for customer behavior - and not just file sharing

On June 27 the U.S. Supreme Court decided Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd. et al. This decision affects how software companies and other technology providers will function in the future when their technology can be used to play, transmit or store copyrighted content.

The court, in an unanimous decision, found in favor of MGM, reversi......

Full article >>> shows that the manufacturer has promoted the usefulness of the product it distributes as a means to commit infringement that is, they induce third parties to infringe copyrighted material.

The court found that "one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is l......

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'"/> By Jeffrey Peterson 07/07/05

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