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RE: High court hands big victory to cable

  • From: Kuhtz, Christian
  • Date: Mon Jun 27 15:37:17 2005

This opinion is actually a fascinating read, particularly the dissent,
and if you have the time you should definitely read all 59 pages of the

(speaking - as always - expressly not for my employer, and rather only
for myself)

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of
Curtis Doty
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 1:27 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: High court hands big victory to cable

Fergie (Paul Ferguson) wrote:

>Via CNN/Money:

I find the popular media's coverage on the Supreme Court lacking. 
(Although the brevity is convenient.) Here 
<> is the 
straight dope on *both* of today's opinions that affect nanoggers.

/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd./ 
<>, 545 U. S. ___


    R079; No. 04-480; 6/27/05. One who distributes a device with the
    object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear
    expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement,
    going beyond mere distribution with knowledge of third-party action,
    is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties
    using the device, regardless of the device's lawful uses.

/National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. v. Brand X Internet Services/

<>, 545 U. S. ___


    R080; No. 04-277; 6/27/05. The Federal Communications Commission's
    conclusion that broadband cable modem companies are exempt from
    mandatory common-carrier regulation under the Communications Act of
    1934 is a lawful construction of the Act under /Chevron U. S. A.
    Inc./ v. /Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.,/ 467 U. S. 837,
    and the Administrative Procedure Act.


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