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2005-04-04

An important concession: MGM says ripping MP3s is OK

An important concession: MGM says ripping MP3s is OK by ZDNet's Joe Brockmeier -- On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in MGM v. Grokster. The Grokster case, for those who haven't been following it, concerns the liability of distributors of P2P software. As we all know, there are legitimate uses for P2P software (think BitTorrent and distributing Linux ISOs, which are legally free and clear for distribution) and infringing uses (distributing MP3s of Dark Side of the Moon on a P2P network). The question is, whether a distributor should be held liable for infringing uses when there are substantial non-infringing uses as well. The case is a test of the famous (or infamous, if you happen to be on the recording industry's side of the fence) Betamax standard. (See the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Betamax ...



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