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VSDA, Others Line Up Against Grokster

12 Nov, 2004 By: Holly J. Wagner

Things heated up in a federal court dispute that pits online file-trading hub Grokster and its parent company, Streamcast Networks, against a battery of content providers, creatives, 41 state attorneys general and paid-content pipelines, including Netflix, Movielink and CinemaNow.

The content and retail providers, including the Video Software Dealers Association, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a circuit court ruling that found Grokster was not liable for individual users' potential copyright infringement.The Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America and others asked the court last month to review the case.

This week, many entities that are not parties to the lawsuit filed friend-of-the-court briefs seeking the Supreme Court review. Streamcast and watchdog group the Electronic Frontier Foundation also filed briefs, urging the high court to uphold the circuit court ruling.

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