Monday, June 27, 2005

SCOTUS makes another dumb ruling

Just a brief blurb from The News Tribune and my response:

But in Monday's ruling, Souter said lower courts could find the file-sharing services responsible by examining factors such as how companies marketed the product or whether they took easily available steps to reduce infringing uses.

The simple way to enforce this ruling is to require entertainment companies (possibly through the RIAA and MPAA) to provide free, open source tools to help reduce infringement. After all, if the steps are "easily available," they should have no problem supplying them, and being open source, the P2P companies and knowledgeable programmers can make sure there is no hidden spyware crap before including them.


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