Peer-To-Peer File Sharing, and Contributory and Vicarious Liability

US copyright laws and related state laws began to extensively apply to peer -to-peer file-sharing cases after 2004. A decision by the Ninth Circuit in the Napster case was the first case involving the application of contributory and vicarious liability to a peer-to-peer file sharing system. The subsequent case of MGM v. Grokster will determine further liabilities of peer-to-peer filing sharing.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What Are the Requirements of a Copyright Infringement Claim?
What are Direct and Contributory Infringement?
What were the lessons of Napster regarding Contributory & Vicarious liability in peer- to- peer sharing?
Has any legislation been proposed to deal with peer to peer file sharing?


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