458MGMGrokster - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios Inc. v....

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd. (2005) Facts: Following the rise and fall of Napster, two other prominent peer-to-peer networks eventually emerged on the Internet. Grokster, Ltd., and StreamCast Networks each developed new free software to store and distribute electronic files, called FastTrack technology and Gnutella technology, respectively. The technology uses no servers to intercept the content of request nor mediates file transfers. A statistician hired by MGM found that 90% of the files available for download on FastTrack systems were in fact copyrighted material. Also, both companies employed promotional materials to market and advertise their software as the best Napster alternative. Complaint alleges that both peer-to-peer companies “knowingly and intentionally distributed their software to enable users to reproduce and distribute the copyrighted works in violation of the Copyright Act.” The Ninth Circuit Court found Grokster and StreamCast not liable under the circumstances that “the software was capable of
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2011 for the course COMM 458 taught by Professor Sparr during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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