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Sunday, August 22, 2004 - 02:08 PM

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Awareness ResearchIn the concluding paragraphs of the decision, Justice Sidney R. Thomas (9th US Circuit Court, LA) wrote: "[W]e live in a quicksilver technological environment with courts ill-suited to fix the flow of internet innovation....The introduction of new technology is always disruptive to old markets and particularly to those copyright owners whose works are sold through well-established distribution mechanisms," the court wrote. The Ninth Circuit decision is based in part on the fact that P2P networks have significant non-infringing uses, and that they can help artists earn money, The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports.
"Yet history has shown that time and market forces often provide equilibrium in balancing interests, whether the new technology be a player piano, a copier, a tape recorder, a video recorder, a personal computer, a karaoke machine or an MP3 player. Thus, it is prudent for courts to exercise caution before restructuring liability theories for the purpose of addressing specific market abuses, despite their apparent present magnitude."

Imaginify P2P.

from earlier:
"From the advent of the player piano, every new means of reproducing sound has struck a dissonant chord with musical copyright owners, often resulting in federal litigation. This appeal is the latest reprise of that recurring conflict, and one of a continuing series of lawsuits between the recording industry and distributors of file-sharing computer software."...


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