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Wednesday April 30, 2008

Court Ruling Could End P2P Music-Download Lawsuits

U.S. District Court Judge Neil V. Wake ruled today that simply making files available to the public does not violate a copyright holder's rights. Wow, this is no doubt a serious blow to the RIAA’s ongoing efforts but I doubt they will give up so easily.

In Atlantic Records v. Howell, U.S. District Court Judge Neil V. Wake rejected the RIAA's theory that the defendants distributed music files merely by making them publicly available through the Kazaa P2P application. Contrary to the music industry's theory, "Merely making an unauthorized copy of a copyrighted work available to the public does not violate a copyright holder's exclusive right of distribution," the judge wrote.

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