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Unpublished Paper
Grokster Unplugged: It's Time to Legalize P2P File Sharing
ExpressO (2007)
  • John O. Hayward, Bentley College
Although the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 held that providers of P2P file sharing software could be liable for contributory copyright infringement, millions of people continue to illegally download music and movies in spite of the threat of litigation from the RIAA. The paper argues that the entertainment industry has never been in the forefront of technological innovation, while copyright laws prohibiting P2P are regarded as lacking legitimacy, much like Prohibition in the 1920’s and speeding and public morality laws today. Since enforcement of the law is leading to invasions of privacy, the stifling of technological innovation, and the criminalization of otherwise law abiding citizens, the time has come to legalize P2P as some countries have done.
  • P2P file sharing; intellectual property; Grokster
Publication Date
September, 2007
Citation Information
John O. Hayward. "Grokster Unplugged: It's Time to Legalize P2P File Sharing" ExpressO (2007)
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