September 28, 2006

“Morpheus Induces:” CA Central District Court [6:09 pm]

U.S. judge rules against Morpheus file-sharing - pdf

In a victory for the entertainment industry, a federal judge has ruled that the Morpheus file-sharing software encourages millions of users to share music, movies and other works without authorization.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled on Wednesday that StreamCast Networks Inc., the distributor of Morpheus, had contributed to massive copyright infringement because it had constructed a business model that relied on massive copyright infringement and did not attempt to block the trading of copyrighted materials.

[...] StreamCast, based in Woodland Hills, California, said it was considering an appeal and maintained that it did not encourage users to infringe on copyrighted works and never intended to do so.

“The court’s ruling is disappointing. StreamCast will consider its options, including appealing the decision,” the company said in a statement.

Their legal site hasn’t been updated to reflect this new development.

LATimes’ Creator of Morpheus Is Found Liable -

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