• Ninth Circuit Decision Rejects Copyright Claims Against File-Sharing Services
  • August 27, 2004 | Authors: Mark D. Robins; Jason C. Kravitz
  • Law Firms: Nixon Peabody LLP - Boston Office ; Nixon Peabody LLP - Rochester Office
  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just handed a stunning defeat to copyright owners seeking to block "peer to peer" file sharing services. In Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster Ltd., the Ninth Circuit upheld a motion for partial summary judgment dismissing claims by various copyright owners brought against the operators of the Grokster and Morpheus file sharing services with respect to the current versions of those systems. The decision represents a sharp turn in direction from the same court's much publicized decision imposing liability on the original operator of the Napster file sharing service.