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Unformatted text preview: l servers are used, Grokster argued that it did not know what particular files were being shared and did not know whether those files were copyrighted material that was being shared illegally. Furthermore, the defendants argued that if the sharing constituted an illegal act, they were not responsible merely because they distributed software that made it possible. They cited the Supreme Court’s earlier ruling in Sony v. Universal, which ruled that video recorders were legal even though they were occasionally used for illegal copying. The plaintiffs, including MGM, recording companies and songwriters, sued Grokster and StreamCast and presented evidence that the vast majority of the shared files were protected copyrighted work...
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