Washington, D.C. (December 13, 2004)–On Friday December 10th, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to hear the appeal of the Grokster file-sharing case by the major record companies, motion picture studios and National Music Publishers Association of America (NMPA). The following are comments from Mitch Bainwol, Chairman and CEO, of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
“We appreciate that the Supreme Court has agreed to review this case. There are seminal issues before the Court–the future of the creative industries and legitimate Internet commerce. These are questions not about a particular technology, but the abuse of that technology by practitioners of a parasitical business model.
“Bad actors who have hijacked a legitimate technology for illegitimate means must be held accountable. Without strong rules of the road, there will never be a level playing field for the multitude of legitimate online music services trying to do the right thing. The launch of legitimate file sharing companies like Snocap and Wurld Media highlight that there is a right way and a wrong way to distribute music online. Already, compelling, viable technological tools like filtering are available and are being utilized in the marketplace. Peer-to-peer networks today filter for viruses, so why not filter out infringing copyrighted works as well?
“Along with the extensive coalition of state attorneys general, legal scholars, legitimate online entertainment companies, artists, songwriters and other copyright owners, we look forward to presenting the argument that a misguided appellate court decision should be reversed.”
The Recording Industry Association of America