2005 Archive

Grokster File-Sharing Case Reaches Supreme Court

The landmark copyright challenge that may decide the future of file-sharing websites and Internet innovation, MGM Studios v. Grokster, will reach the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Boalt's Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic requested that the Supreme Court deny certiorari in the Grokster case. The amicus brief states that the Sony standard of "substantial noninfringing uses" is the correct standard for evaluating the secondary liability of technology providers. Professors Peter Menell and Robert Merges also authored a brief submitted to the Supreme Court for the Grokster case. Both briefs can be found here. For more information about Menell's involvement with the case, you can read an April 8 Consumer Electronics Daily article (subscription required).

Clinic Director Deirdre Mulligan is quoted in a March 23 Recorder article concerning the case.