U.S. Supreme Court To Hear File Swapping Case

Law360, New York (December 12, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Revisiting its seminal Sony-Betamax decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on whether file-sharing software companies could be held legally responsible for copyright infringement on their networks.

On Friday, the court said it would review a ruling from August by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks Inc., which had been sued for copyright infringement by recording companies and movie studios.

The August ruling, which held that Grokster and StreamCast were not liable for...
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