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According to an article over on News.com, a judge has ruled that file-sharing tools are <b>legal</b><br><br><br><br><i>A federal judge in Los Angeles has handed a stunning court victory to file-swapping services Streamcast Networks and Grokster, dismissing much of the record industry and movie studios' lawsuit against the two companies.</i><br><br><br><br><a href="http://news.com.com/2100-1027-998363.html?tag=fd_lede1_hed" target="_blank">http://news.com.com/2100-1027-998363...g=fd_lede1_hed</a><br><br><br><br>
Hehehe, this must have the RIAA and the MPAA fuming.
 

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They've already won the second round against Verizon... Verizon is now forced to tell them the name of that one user who was sharing files so that they can puruse that one person individually with court action.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://news.com.com/2100-1027-998419.html?tag=fd_nbs_emed" target="_blank">http://news.com.com/2100-1027-998419...ag=fd_nbs_emed</a>
 

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A lot of people will think they're off the hook, which is not the case at all. I see this as a bad thing because it is shifting the responsibility where it rightfully should be - on those who are actually violating the law.
 

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Umm, knowingly downloading or sharing a copyrighted work IS a violation of the law. The software allows for both legitimate, and illegal activities.<br><br><br><br>
You can download illegal images and files through your web browser. But because you chose to do it, does not mean Microsoft is responsible for what you decided to do with it.<br><br><br><br>
So, I disagree that it is shifting the responsibility. The responsibility is in the end user and how they use the software.<br><br><br><br>
A better, more convincing argument for me is that the software is marketed as a tool to share copyright protected files. BUT, that does not mean the user has to download and use it for such activities. No one forces the end user to download and share copyrighted works that they do not own. He/She does that all on her own.
 

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Yeah, that's what I mean. The record companies want to stop the distribution of the file sharing program (you can compare this to a vcr) rather than stopping those who use it as a tool to break the law.<br><br><br><br>
That's why I'm saying the companies that distribute it should not be penalized, those who use it in an illegal manner should. Therefore this ruling shifts the responsibility onto the user. Not a good thing as this article would lead people to believe.
 
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