Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Key Copyright Case

Law360, New York (March 29, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the most significant copyright case to reach the court in two decades on Tuesday, as attorneys from the entertainment industry clashed with representatives for online file-sharing networks.

For about one hour, the justices heard arguments in the appeal of the Ninth Circuit’s decision to clear file-swapping software makers Grokster and StreamCast of copyright infringement liability.

At issue was an appeal of a 2003 ruling by a federal judge, later upheld by the California appeals court, saying Grokster and...
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