Not Like Betamax
Posted Jul 4, 2005 0:00 UTC (Mon) by miallen
Parent article: The Grokster ruling
I grew up in the 80's at the hight of VCR and audio cassette usage and I don't recall any widescale bootlegging. Maybe a little with audio cassettes but VCRs and dual cassette decks were used 99% for legitimate purposes. Grokster OTOH is 99.999% illegitimate. Bittorrent is used significantly for legitimate purposes and no one's directly profiting from it.
So I'm not terribly surprised by this ruling but this is NOT like the Betamax issue. If bittorrent has legitimate uses it will be much more difficult for copyright groups to litigate (assuming they can even find someone worth litigating against).
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