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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This Things Still Exist?!

Maybe I've just been out of touch the last few years, but it seems like the whole Napster controversy took place ages ago. (Actually, it's been about a decade.) Needless to say, I was shocked to read a news article about yet another file-sharing website facing legal action. And to make it worse, the article claims that this particular litigation began over four years ago!! It seems like file-sharing websites are like cockroaches.

Personally, I don't know which is more disturbing: that companies keep trying to ignore copyright law while engaging in this activity, or that it can take years for subsequent offenders to be punished despite the clear precedent (even if it is only persuasive authority in the new offender's jurisdiction).

For a reminder of the original episode, see A&M Records v. Napster, Inc., 284 F.3d 1091 (9th Cir. 2002).

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