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Bye bye Betamax

The US Supreme Court has just overturned the Grokster decision 9-0.

Not a good day for legal applications of P2P. And a good day for the MPAA and the RIAA.

If your business model is broken, making it the law is a really, really stupid idea. That way revolutions start.

[update: The Register's report]



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Jun. 27th, 2005 08:03 am (UTC)
That way revolutions start.

Wouldn't it be nice?
Jun. 27th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
Mebbe I better buy a DVD burner before they yank 'em off the shelves.
Jun. 27th, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)
"One who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright" is an interesting bit of wording ... do we assume that there is still a "we had no such object in mind" defence?

I don't have a copy of the full ruling, of course. Neither am I in any way qualified to pronounce on the matter.
Jun. 27th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
So what of the ratio of about 100:1 of iTunes to "other" content on all the iPods out there...
Jun. 27th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)

Time to start buying blank media in bulk, then.
Jun. 27th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
It's really really difficult for custom to be overturned by law, when society supports custom and only a small rich industry supports law.

But there will be harsh days while they try.
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