Judge: File-swapping tools are legal

April 25th, 2003 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized

It’s about bloody time. Full story here. As I’ve said all along, suing file-trading software companies for copyright infringment is precisely the same as suing auto companies for auto-enabled crimes like bank robbery, kidnapping, drive by shootings, and hit and runs.

“Defendants distribute and support software, the users of which can and do choose to employ it for both lawful and unlawful ends,” Wilson wrote in his opinion, released Friday. “Grokster and Streamcast are not significantly different from companies that sell home video recorders or copy machines, both of which can be and are used to infringe copyrights.”

[Update: 3/19/12 – The relentless assault on digital liberty by the copyright cartels in the way of massive bribery of those in power has slowly but continuously moved the entire system towards closing down any and all “legal” means of file sharing. Currently, great efforts are being expended by “pirates” to create better more censorship tools for filesharing, including solar powered airborne servers.]

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