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    It's still unclear if there will be a jury trial on October 1. RIAA and MPAA has asked for a summary judgement against FastTrack. Read more here: http://www.businessweek.com/technolo...ies/957227.htm

    If FastTrack looses that could be the end to MusicCity, Grokster and some others. Kazaa on the other hand is not based in the US anymore, so they could go free.

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    quote:
    Also Monday, lawyers for Morpheus' parent company StreamCast Networks asked the judge to rule quickly in their favor, saying that Morpheus had too many legal uses to be shut down in response to illegal file-traders' actions.


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    I think it's a standard counter-motion. But I don't know for sure.

    This is the most interesting part:

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    Attorneys for the record labels ... submitted sealed arguments they said stemmed from six months of investigation proving the file-swapping companies knowingly contributed to widespread copyright infringement



    The challenge Kazaa, MusicCity, etc, faces, is even if FastTrack is decentralized as they claim (which is only halfway true), the software isn't. In order to maintain control they created clients which automatically download updates to the users computers. That's how Kazaa nearly shut down MusicCity in Februrary.

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    Update:

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    In court documents filed Monday, and kept under seal until Thursday, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America used internal e-mails, message board postings, and interviews with executives in hopes of persuading a federal judge to shut down the file-swapping networks.
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    As with Napster, record and movie companies are seeking to prove that the file-swapping companies knew of the widespread copyright infringement going on using their networks and that they had the ability to stop it.

    The groups draw from the file-swapping companies' internal communications, along with Web site text, sales pitches and advertisements, as evidence that the companies created their networks with the intention of facilitating piracy. Individual employees for StreamCast Networks (originally called Music City) acknowledged downloading copyrighted works by Billie Holliday and Britney Spears and used screen shots showing copyrighted works to demonstrate their system, the trade associations say
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    The record labels and movie studios also cite communications between Music City and Kazaa, the company that created the file-swapping technology, that show both companies were thinking about trying to figure out ways to monitor trades of individual files.

    "The activity we want to monitor if possible are the files that users download, so that we can track copyrighted material for royalties," an unnamed Music City representative is quoted as saying in one exchange. Details about whether this exchange was e-mail, chat or another medium are not given.

    "OK," responds an unnamed Kazaa representative. "As I've mentioned, we've designed a system for this, but it's not yet implemented. It could be quickly, however."

    Attorneys for Streamcast Networks say this exchange, and other bits of evidence like it, mean little. Neither Music City nor any other software company is required to build in specific copyright protection features simply because the capability exists, they say
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    The evidence now beginning to filter out into the public eye will reach court Dec. 2, when a federal judge in Los Angeles will hear each side argue that the case should be brought to an immediate close



    http://news.com.com/2100-1023-957779.html

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