Musicians rally behind online file sharing

  GaT7 19:20 01 Mar 05

but not the stealing of copyrighted work, of course!

An excerpt:

A group of prominent musicians has called for the US Supreme Court to not hold online file sharing services legally responsible for any illegal activity by their users.

The group, which includes Steve Winwood, Public Enemy's Chuck D and rock group Heart, says that although it is opposed to the stealing of copyrighted work, peer to peer services such as Kazaa and Grokster are a valuable way for artists to distribute their work.

'Musicians are not universally united in opposition to peer-to-peer file sharing,' the group claims in its court filing, despite record companies insisting that they are.

'To the contrary, many musicians find peer-to-peer technology allows them easily to reach a worldwide online audience. And to many musicians, the benefits of this strongly outweigh the risks of copyright infringement.'

The record labels are asking the Supreme Court to hold P2P services liable for illegal sharing of music files across their networks and the court will begin hearing the case against Grokster on 29 March...>>

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