High Court Won't Hear File-Sharer's Innocence Claim

Law360, New York (November 29, 2010, 5:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear whether a woman who was sued by several major record companies for downloading and distributing songs through a peer-to-peer file-sharing system can use the defense that she was unaware she was breaking copyright laws.

The high court on Monday denied Whitney Harper’s petition for a writ of certiorari, letting stand the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s ruling that she could not raise the so-called innocent infringer provision of the Copyright Act.

Justice Samuel Alito, however,...
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