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August 30, 2004
The Boston Globe Editorial Board ! = Copyfighters
...as demonstrated by its editorial, which bemoans the Grokster decision [PDF] while showing how beneficial the precedent has been to copyright holders.
The opening line states that "a federal appeals court in California has given the green light to massive copyright violations facilitated by Grokster and other file-sharing services." The court gave a "green light," all right, but it wasn't to "massive copyright violations." It was to companies that create technologies capable of both infringing and non-infringing uses.
A bit further on, the piece asserts that "The [Grokster] judges contend that the remaining 10 percent [of uses] constitutes substantial legal use as defined in the Betamax decision. That is a stretch. VCRs are most commonly used either to time-shift TV programs or to play movies that are legally copied and provide billions of dollars in revenues to the movie industry."
Er, well, actually, the only reason why people are now using the VCR mostly to "play movies that are legally copied and provide billions of dollars in revenues to the movie industry" is that the Supreme Court gave the green light to a company (Sony) that created a technology (the Betamax VCR) capable of both infringing and non-infringing uses.
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