Notes on RIAA and MPAA Press Conference: Corante

9-0 Unanimous in favour of MGM.

"We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties."

Oh, fuck...

That ruling opens the door to endless law suits because it will shift the burden of proof onto the technology company to prove that the technology does not foster infringement. And the liability for acts by third parties means a pretty much open ended upper limit on damages.

The only winners will be the lawyers. No change there then.

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