RIAA's Latest Trick: When Backed Into A Corner, Try To Associate File Sharing With Child Porn
from the any-way-possible dept
When other efforts to make life difficult for file sharing systems didn't work, the entertainment industry started going after them by trying to associate file sharing systems with pornography. Of course, a GAO study on the matter found that porn on file sharing networks wasn't a very big deal, so the entertainment industry has been a bit quieter on that front. That doesn't mean they won't try to bring up the connection when they can, however. In one of their lawsuits, where the defendant is trying to make the case that simply making available copyrighted material is not the same as distribution, it appears that the entertainment industry lawyers are trying to cite a child pornography case as a precedent to suggest that making available is the same as distribution. Of course, as the lawyer on the other side points out, the two cases are about two entirely different laws -- and on the copyright case, they're working with the definition of "distribution" as put forth in the law, rather than a random definition used in a case about something entirely different. It's no surprise, given some of the other tactics taken by the entertainment industry in these lawsuits, but it does seem pretty sleazy to try to connect a case to child pornography, even when they're not really related.