October 10, 2004

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Hollywood takes P2P case to Supreme Court

Hollywood studios and record companies on Friday asked the United States Supreme Court to overturn a controversial series of recent court decisions that have kept file-swapping software legal.

The decisions have been among the biggest setbacks for the entertainment industry in the past several years, as they have tried to quell the rampant exchange of copyrighted materials over peer-to-peer networks such as Kazaa and Morpheus.

In a joint petition to the Supreme Court, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said that letting the lower court rulings stand would badly undermine the value of copyrighted work.

See also Hollywood Files P2P Appeal and Entertainment Industry Asks Justices to Rule on File Sharing

Later: GrokLaw has the text of the petition; also MPAA asks Supreme Court to crush P2Pers

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