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March 30, 2005
Fred & Larry Tag-Team on Grokster
Fred von Lohmann and Larry Lessig answer questions about the Grokster case on WBUR/NPR Boston's "The Connection":
Ask most 14-year-olds what GROKSTER is and they'll all know it as a place to find music and movies. But if you ask record and film executives, they'll tell you it is software that steals.
Yesterday the industry took their case against software developers Grokster and Streamcast to the Supreme Court. They're claiming that 85 million songs and 400,000 movies are being illegally downloaded every day without a penny paid to artists.
Grokster says it only makes software and should not be held responsible for what users choose to do with it. They say their software is similar to technologies like the video camera and the Xerox machine and that shutting them down will hobble the development of future, and important technologies for the knowledge economy.
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