Case 5 MGM V. - Simon Wong Case 5 MGM V Grokster Leiponen Prof 1 What was the MGM v Grokster case about A tandem of 28 entertainment companies led

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Simon Wong 2/18/08 Case 5 – MGM V. Grokster Prof. Leiponen 1. What was the MGM v. Grokster case about? A tandem of 28 entertainment companies led by MGM studies had filed a copyright infringement case against Grokster Ltd and Streamcast (developers of P2P software Grokster and Morpheus respectively). The plaintiffs state that P2P programs have mostly been used for illegal activities such as the distribution of copyright music and video files from user to user. Moreover, MGM goes on to claim that the two P2P developers also knowingly and intentionally distributed their software to allow users to infringe copyrighted works. The final decision of the Supreme Court basically states that anyone who distributes a device that promotes the act of copyright infringement clearly is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties using the device, regardless of the device’s lawful uses. The aftermath was that Grokster stopped offering its P2P services after they had lost the case. Streamcast tried appealing, but also later lost
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2008 for the course AEM 3220 taught by Professor Leiponen,a. during the Winter '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Case 5 MGM V. - Simon Wong Case 5 MGM V Grokster Leiponen Prof 1 What was the MGM v Grokster case about A tandem of 28 entertainment companies led

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