Mad Penguin: Tux Goes to Court: How the Grokster Case will Affect Software Libre
Mar 28, 2005, 18:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Einfeldt)
"MP: We're here at a send-off party for the EFF's
attorneys in the Grokster case. Your attorneys are going to go
argue their case before the US Supreme Court. What is the Grokster
case about, and why should Penguinistas care?
"CC: The Grokster case is about whether
innovation is going to survive in the way that we are used to it.
We're used to a world in which you have a good idea, you just build
it. You don't have to ask for permission, and you especially don't
have to ask for permission from Hollywood, even if what you are
building might allow someone to do something illegal, like infringe
copyrights. You are not responsible for what your customers do with
your technology, as long as you don't actively participate in it.
Simply building a piece of technology doesn't make you liable.