Grokster, briefly

Courtesy of Joseph Hall and his RSS mercenary, a RSS feed for MGM v. Grokster from the EFF case archive:
The briefs filed so far include:

Briefs of Petitioners (entertainment companies)

Amicus Briefs Supporting Petitioners

Amicus Briefs Neutral as to Result


Ed Felten looks at briefs submitted by the Solicitor General and a group of “anti-porn and police organizations,” Grokster Briefs: Toward a More Regulable Net : “These briefs are caught between nostalgia for a past that never existed, and false hope for future technologies that won’t do the job.”
Previously: Ninth Circuit Affirms Grokster Ruling (including actual analysis), P2P in the 9th Circuit, Again, NYT on Grokster, Seeking Cert in Grokster, Grokster briefs, Supremes grant cert in Grokster, Grokster, Brand X and the ‘Net, Supreme Geekery

The BitTorrent Effect

Wired: The BitTorrent Effect: “BitTorrent lets users quickly upload and download enormous amounts of data, files that are hundreds or thousands of times bigger than a single MP3. Analysts at CacheLogic, an Internet-traffic analysis firm in Cambridge, England, report that BitTorrent traffic accounts for more than one-third of all data sent across the Internet.”

FTC P2P reports: FTC spotlights proposals on P2P risks: “The head of the Federal Trade Commission sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday highlighting efforts that file-swapping companies are making to disclose potential online risks.”
The FTC will host a workshop about P2P Filesharing on Dec. 15 and 16.
Available on the FTC site are the public comments about the consumer protection and competition issues in P2P file sharing technology.

Movie Studios Get In the Game

Movie studios join the record industry and sue file sharers.
Findlaw Special Coverage hosts the complaints:

Wired News: Movie Studios Sue File Traders

Economic Rationales for File Sharing Suits

In the Social Affairs Unit Weblog, economist Tyler Cower examines Why the music industry is suing you, your neighbour, or your child

Why has the music industry throughout Europe decided to sue hundreds of those sharing music files on the Internet? Tyler Cowen – Professor of Economics at George Mason University and author of Creative Destruction: How Globalization Is Changing the World’s Cultures, What Price Fame?, and In Praise of Commercial Culture – argues here that it is not an attempt to scare off the downloaders, similar suits in the US have not stopped illegal file-sharing. Rather, Prof. Cowen argues, it is ‘about spreading the idea that downloading is wrong and illegal… think of the lawsuits as one way to buy space in the newspaper, but without paying advertising rates.’