File-swapping suit has implications too broad for Supreme Court?

According to an Associated Press story, Supreme Court justices seemed sympathetic to fears that if the recording industry prevails in its suit against Grokster, the effect will discourage technological innovation. ” Justice Antonin Scalia said a ruling against Grokster, a developer of leading file-sharing software, could mean that if ‘I’m a new inventor, I’m going to get sued right away.'” Other justices seemed to agree, with Justice David H. Souter, noting that Apple iPod users could play illegally downloaded music, wondering if the industry hadn’t acted arbitrarily in suing Grokster, not Apple.

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