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U.S. Supreme Court Rules on MGM v. Grokster

June 27, 2005–In a unanimous ruling in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios v. Grokster, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that distributors of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing systems may be held liable if they actively induce copyright infringement by users of those P2P systems. Importantly, the Court strongly reaffirmed its earlier ruling in Sony Corp of America v. Universal City Studios which held that technologies...

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LCA Survey Results on Orphan Works

On March 25, 2005, The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) responded to the Copyright Office’s timely Notice of Inquiry concerning orphan works. In response to the Notice of Inquiry, the associations in LCA contacted their members to gather information concerning their experience with the orphan work problem. These responses indicate that the problem exists at large research libraries affiliated with universities...

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