NewsForge: Legitimate use, Open Source, Keep BitTorrent Out of Court
Mar 10, 2005, 01:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)
[ Thanks to Jason
Greenwood for this link. ]
"The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) took down the
Loki Torrent Web site last month, but the open source technology
known as BitTorrent--used by Loki Torrent for free, unlicensed file
sharing--is not a target of the movie industry or other content
owners, largely because of its legitimate uses, but also, according
to legal experts, because it is open source software.
"'It's open source, so who do you go after?' asked Phil Albert,
IP attorney and partner with the San Francisco law firm Townsend
and Townsend. 'You could go after its author and you could somehow
force him to give up and say he'll never touch it--so what? It's
open source. Anybody can develop on it...'"