- Mar 25, 2003
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Following the high-profile court case of MGM et al vs. Grokster et al., the popular file-sharing software provider, Grokster, has been forced to shut down operations. The main page of Grokster's site now reads:
The United States Supreme Court unanimously confirmed that using this service to trade copyrighted material is illegal. Copying copyrighted motion picture and music files using unauthorized peer-to-peer services is illegal and is prosectued by copyright owners.
There are legal services for downloading music and movies.
This service is not one of them.
This closure follows the recent ruling that the service provided by Grokster (and other similar file-sharing software providers) allows copyright breach: It was decided that Grokster should not take part in such file-sharing, whether dirctly or indirectly, and should also stop distributing it's software.
Despite this, it seems that all is not bleak for Grokster. The company is planning a fee-based, legal version of it's software, where people pay to download copyrighted films and music tracks.
Please feel free to let us know your thoughts on these issues - do you feel it is fair that Grokster is held to account for the actions of it's users? What is the way forward for this industry?