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November 05, 2004
Stop the State AG's From Supporting Grokster Cert
Prof. Susan Crawford warns that the state attorneys general are considering supporting the MPAA's and RIAA's petition for certiorari in the Grokster decision, which held that P2P filesharing software providers were not liable for the copyright infringements of their users (Call Your State Attorney General). Certiorari is basically asking the Supreme Court to hear the case. If the supremes don't grant certiorari, the decision stands.
You have until 5pm TODAY, to let your Attorney General know that you oppose them supporting Hollywood's attempts to overturn the Sony/Betamax decision:
What's happened is that AGs are politely circulating a brief supporting a grant of cert. -- probably very few of them know what the larger issues are, and probably most of them believe that Grokster is a bad guy who should be punished.
All you have to say is: "This is not an issue you should get involved in. What's really going on here is that the studio plaintiffs are trying to overturn Sony. Overturning Sony would have serious and damaging implications for the high-technology industry in our country -- an industry that contributes enormously to our national economy. Don't sign on."
Handy list of phone numbers here: Full Contact List for the Attorneys General
Call your AG ... call now.
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