Morpheus is brought to justice
An American district judge, Stephen Wilson, turned down an application for legal security from the Morpheus operating company StreamCast Networks on Monday this week. This was filed as a result of a lawsuit by 28 music and film companies, which will now open in Los Angeles on October 1st.
Together with the industry association EEF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), the lawyers of StreamCast tried to clarify that one cannot hold a service responsible for the distribution of illegally made copies if this service also serves purely legal purposes. Sony used this strategy as early as the 1980s during the Betamax VCR dispute and the discontinuation process, which Sony won. As a reason for the rejection, Wilson cited that a judgment in favor of StreamCast would come too early, instead a court should decide the case in a fair hearing.