Justices to rule on fate of file-swapping by Mon


rainman::|:|

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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.
 

Chip NoVaMac

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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.
 

QCassidy352

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rainman::|:| said:
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.
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.
 

MongoTheGeek

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CubaTBird said:
http://news.com.com/Justices+to+rule+on+fate+of+file-swapping/2100-1028_3-5752012.html?tag=cd.lede

well we could know once and for all then by monday i guess... of course this case could always be re-tried.. but isn't the supreme court the final draw in today's legal system?
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.