Lessig: Supreme Court copyright ruling invites chaos

Monday, 19 March 2007, 1:03 AM EST

The 2005 decision by the Supreme Court in the Grokster v. MGM case is partly responsible for Viacom Inc.'s dispute with Google Inc. ending up in court, copyright-law expert Lawrence Lessig said in a Sunday opinion piece in the New York Times.

Viacom last week sued Google for $1 billion in damages from the unauthorized posting of Viacom videos on Google's free YouTube video-sharing Web site. In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Viacom charged YouTube with profiting from "massive intentional" violations of Viacom's copyrighted material.

At Computerworld.

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