Sunday, August 7, 2011

Inducing infringement alive and well

Mitch Golden writes, in a good analysis of the legal state of LimeWire's file-sharing software, that inducing infringement was a key part of the October 2010 court case against them:
Interestingly, the court largely sidestepped the technical issues as to whether Gnutella itself had non-infringing uses or not, or whether a Gnutella client can be legally distributed. The court's decision instead turned on evidence submitted by the plaintiffs that LimeWire intended to facilitate filesharing.

I continue to feel that we are much better off leaving content carriers alone. Trying to make content carriers into IP policemen is not going to work out well.

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