File Sharing Dodges Another Bullet
It didn't happen in Chicago, but we're betting that our audience, heavy with 18-24 year olds, is keen to know that file sharing got a big leg up yesterday when the Ninth Federal Appeals Court in San Francisco ruled that peer-to-peer file sharing services like Morpheus and Grokster are legal.
The decision upheld the Federal District Court's opinion that the services can not be liable for the behavior of their users -- something plaintiffs Recording Industry Association of America and the The Motion Picture Association of America didn't subcribe to.
Just so all you file "sharers" out there understand, this ruling DOES NOT MAKE FILE SHARING LEGAL. It's still considered copyright infringement by law enforcement officials, so please don't start uploading your entire Bay City Rollers CD collection and ripped DVDs of Porky's movies up on Morpheus.