Intent is the key to the Supreme Court

Filed under: — menk @ 3:06 pm

Today the supreme court came down right on the fence in the battle over copyright infringement on the Internet. By saying that companies can be sued for the illegal acts of users of the technology a company creates, they have taken a step in the wrong direction and created significant forces to stiffle innovation.

A key aspect of this ruling is that companies can be sued if they are viewed as encouraging illegal behavior by users of their technology. Given the deep pockets of the media industry I would expect that tech companies will avoid creation of technologies that might be viewed negatively by the media industry.

In trying to sit on the fence on this issue the Surpreme Court has effectively empowered the side of the argument with the deepest pockets.

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