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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)


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"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.

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