“One who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright … is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties using the device, regardless of the device’s lawful uses,” Justice David Souter wrote in the ruling.
Not just torrent authors then ? So CD burners, DVD burners (hardware and software), code that captures streaming video and many other things make a company liable ? What sort of disclaimer will be needed ? If Apple put on their iPod “Do not use with stolen music” will that be good enough ? If they don’t could it be construed that they are not doing enough to stop people ? If a torrent author releases code with a “Piracy is bad” banner, is that good enough ? Fact is, without the telephone cables, none of this piracy would be happening, without massive bandwidth (8megs for a home link ? WTF for ??) it would not happen. Quick ! Sue the companies that make CD blanks, and DVD blanks, and hey even music cassette makers too because they’ll kill the music industry too won’t they ? (Oh.. crap…that never did happen did it ?)
“promoting it’s use” – what a wooly piece of junk that is. The big Co.’s will now say that not only must products be released with lot of stickers and big bad threats, but also that code must be used to thwart pirates and then even though people will do that they will tag on more and and and, and .. and.
In the end though this has 2 effects:
– it will drive a new front of piracy. People will fight what is a nonsensical piece of kowtow legislation.
– it actually changes NOTHING for the end user.