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Monday, June 27, 2005
Bloglines - Supreme Ending
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Today's a giant day in Washington, as the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to wrap up its term with the release of some very significant decisions. The Establishment Clause cases will probably garner the most attention, and I can't wait to read them, but the case most on my mind is Grokster -- the file-sharing case out of the Ninth Circuit.
While many people's eyes glaze over when they hear terms like "file-sharing," the assumption that this case's scope is limited to some dubious activity only kids engage in is incorrect. This decision will likely affect everyone by influencing what technologies will be commercially available to us. CDs, DVDs, MP3s, I-Pods, computers -- you name it: if it involves a copyrighted work, it may be affected by this case.