NYT editorial: When David Steals Goliath's Music

By David
March 28, 2005

“The battle over online music piracy is usually presented as David versus Goliath: the poor student in his dorm hunted down by a music conglomerate. It is easy, in that matchup, to side with the student. But when the Supreme Court takes up the issue this week, we hope it considers another party to the dispute: individual creators of music, movies and books, who need to keep getting paid if they are going to keep creating. If their work is suddenly made “free,” all of society is likely to suffer.

[…] The technology community has rallied to Grokster’s defense. Its most radical members argue that “information wants to be free” online and disparage the whole idea of intellectual property. A more modest argument, and one Grokster relies on in court, is that if it loses, there will be a chilling effect on technological innovation […]”


Note: USACM recently signed onto an amicus brief with sixty law professors in support of Grokster in the MGM v. Grokster case that will be argued before the Supreme Court tomorrow.