MPAA cases suffer setback

By Derek Sooman on November 24, 2004, 3:06 PM
It appears that the Motion Picture Association of America's pursuit of file swappers has taken a set back, mostly due to a California judge's opinion that the MPAA have bundled too many separate cases together. The judge believes that the MPAA had failed to show good reason to bundle together 12 separate cases, and whilst the first case would be allowed, the remaining 11 cases would be placed on hold. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil liberties group, praised the judge's decision.

"This decision helps to give due-process rights to the Internet users accused of infringement. Lumping them together makes it more difficult for everyone to defend against these claims." - EFF Staff Attorney Wendy Seltzer.

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Mikael said:
The MPAA has just begun their battle against file sharing. In the near future, expect to read about the EFF and MPAA battling it out even more.
Phantasm66 said:
This is all going somewhere VERY nasty, like a change in the law whereby operating systems developers will include software that refuses to use pirated material - something like this was even suggested before, if I remember correctly. But why do people pirate stuff? Well, apart from the fact that people like things for free, there is also the possibility (perish the thought!) that music and movies are too expensive! Well, fancy that.
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