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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Grokster implications beyond entertainment

Doron Ben-Atar, Hollywood Profits v. Technological Progress, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 1, 2005 (accessible only to subscribers). Mostly on the Grokster P2P file-sharing case to be heard by the Supreme Court next Tuesday. But toward the end of the article, Ben-Atar draws conclusions on wider themes: 'Unable to go after actual violators of their intellectual property, the studios target P2P developers whose programs, among other things, facilitate some piracy. But it is impossible to contain the abuse of technology without undermining the free flow of knowledge that is the prerequisite for innovation. In order to prevent 12-year-olds from downloading their favorite movie, the plaintiffs and their allies in the Justice Department are threatening our most cherished economic assets -- the public sphere of knowledge and the conditions of intellectual exchange.'