Justices to rule on fate of file-swapping by Mon

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by CubaTBird, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004
  2. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Not just file sharing, but this ruling could effectively overturn the Betamax/Sony ruling that allows VCRs (and subsequently tape players, CD burners, and many aspects of computers) to be legal. I think/hope the Supreme Court knows if they side against P2P, it'll be siding against all products/services that simply can be used for illegitimate purposes.

    Now if Congress wants to write a law about p2p, it's a different thing entirely, but it's their job to write the laws.
  3. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    It also depends on how the court words their decision. especially in this case.
  4. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    With this court, anything can happen - and has.

    There was an article in the Washington Post today about CD's now limiting the use by the purchasers. To the point that they can not be used with an iPod!

    I guess in the current world, we are all criminals till we prove we are innocent. Shame of it is that we as consumers are too dumb to realize that we can vote with our dollars and get these fools to change their policies.
  5. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Amen! The legislature needs to handle P2P if they see a problem; the Court deciding this is the WRONG way to go for a number of reasons.
  6. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    Yes an No.

    Quite often what they do is make some comments and send it back to the appeals court, making clear what their intention is. If they want to make a statement and make it clear that the lower court decision was wrong or they want to push it in a slightly different way than the appeals court would then they can issue a final statement.

    This case? Who knows. Sometimes they pull something out of nowhere. We shall see.

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