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Grokster was a peer-to-peer company that gained a following in the early 2000s and will forever be associated with the landmark copyright case known as MGM Studios v. Grokster. The case helped define the limits of online file sharing--some would say unfairly--for movies and songs.
Film studios and record labels filed the lawsuit against Grokster and Streamcast, the firm that created the Morpheus file-sharing client. They accused the companies of inducing copyright infringement. Two lower courts found legitimate purposes for P2P technology and ruled that the services should be protected from liability. But in a unanimous decision in 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Grokster and Streamcast "fostered" infringement and were "liable for the resulting acts of infringement by [users]."
That Grokster became synonymous with the case was purely by chance, said former Grokster President Wayne Rosso. Streamcast's Morpheus system was much more popular, but the defendants were listed in alphabetical order.
May 27, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
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