Monday, June 27, 2005

It's Unanimous!

The Supreme Court handed down its finding in the File Swapping case, ruling unanimously that file swapping services can be held liable for copyright violations. This is a huge win for the movie and record industry, and will likely bolster the iTunes Music Store. It may also help cut down on the virus and spyware problem that plagues Windows, but most commentators aren't talking about that positive aspect. This is not the end of the legal situation, the ruling simply returns the case to a lower court that had thrown out a prior case due to their view that file swapping was legal. Now that it is severely limited, the case goes to trial in a lower court.

Of course, there are plenty of people who will be angered by this ruling because they feel they should have the right to free stuff. Nothing like an internet based welfare mentality to keep America strong!