PEER TO PEER MUSIC SHARING SINCE MGM V. GROKSTER (2005)

While private person to person Internet file sharing has proceeded seemingly unabated since the 2005 MGM v. Grokster U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Court nonetheless decisively ruled by broadly outlawing all such sharing, branding it theft, and paving the way for litigation. Such so-called “peer to peer” (P2P) sharing of files, especially of music, is an aspect of the larger subject of copyright law, and any discussion must reference this to be properly understood. This article considers the history of file sharing, the 2005 Grokster case; the issues of Secondary Liability and Intentional Active Inducement, and if companies are enforcing the law and, if so, how?

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What Happend in the MGM v. Grokster Case?
What is Secondary Liability?
What did the Court Say Regarding Intentional Active Inducement?
Do Record Companies Pursue Copyright Violators, and if so, How?

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