“File-sharing service Grokster Ltd. will stop distributing software that allows users to copy songs without permission as part of a settlement with the recording industry, an industry group said on Monday,” Andy Sullivan reports for Reuters. “The settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America comes four months after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Grokster and other ‘peer to peer’ networks could be held liable if they induce users into violating copyright laws.”
Sullivan reports, “The decentralized nature of most peer-to-peer software makes it uncontrollable once it is released over the Internet. However, shutting off sites where users first download the software may strangle the flow of new users. ‘There are legal services for downloading music and movies. This service is not one of them,’ read a notice on Grokster’s Web site.”
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