MGM v. Grokster

In what some are calling a "landmark-in-the-making case on the legality of file-sharing networks", oral arguments took place before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. this morning in MGM vs. Grokster.

According to, "At issue is whether the entertainment industry can continue aggressively pursuing not only those who illegally download copyrighted songs, movies and photos, but also those who sell file-sharing software and services. A San Francisco-based federal appeals court in August ruled those file-sharing companies were not responsible, since their products do not directly tell users where they can download protected material."

Here is one blogger's take on, a blog that follows the actions of the United States Supreme Court, and another blogger at the Electronic Frontier Foundation ( posted these key points from the courthouse steps, following the hearing.

For more information on the case and the history behind it, check out this posting to