Monday, 27 June 2005


The US Supreme court has ruled that the producers of file-sharing software are responsible for the way in which the software is used, i.e. if anyone is sharing illegally copied films or music files the makers of Kazaa (for example) can be hauled into court by the copyright owners. This has potentially far-reaching repercussions and may even impact of the manufacture of CD and DVD burners. Further, but not discussed in this piece, might we see Microsoft prosecuted if a terrorist uses Word to write letter leading to a murder? Might blog hosts face court for the content of a blog?Will Bic start issuing conditions on how their ballpoints are used? Where might it all end!

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