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in Filmmaking
on Aug 21, 2004

In Jeff Levy-Hinte’s piece, “The Digital Divide,” in the current issue of Filmmaker, Levy-Hinte discusses the major studio’s battle against new technologies like the file-sharing services which, while they enable the free distribution of copyrighted materail, also have legitimate uses. Levy-Hinte’s fears of expanding governmental control over legal technologies were abated this week by a federal appeals court ruling stating that two file sharing services, Grokster and Streamcast, weren’t liable for the distribution of copyrighted works on their networks.

Judge Sidney R. Thomas wrote, “History has shown that time and market forces often provide equilibrium in balancing interests, whether the new technology be a player piano, a copier, a tape recorder, a video recorder, a personal computer, a karaoke machine, or an MP3 player. Thus, it’s prudent for courts to exercise caution before restructuring liability theories.”

Download Levy-Hinte’s piece if you haven’t, and check out also David Poland’s combative three-part reply in his The Hot Button.

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