The Blog Maverick has announced that he will fund Grokster’s defense in MGM v. Grokster. (We agree, on the merits.) He writes:
“We are a digital company that is platform agnostic. Bits are bits.
We dont care how they are distributed, just that they are. We want our
content to get to the customer in the way the customer wants to receive
it, when they want to receive it, at a price that is of value to them.
Unless Grokster loses to MGM in front of the Supreme Court. If
Grokster loses, technological innovation might not die, but it will
have such a significant price tag associated with it, it will be the
domain of the big corporations only.
It wont be a good day when high school entrepreneurs have to
get a fairness opinion from a technology oriented law firm to confirm
that big music or movie studios wont sue you because they can come up
with an angle that makes a judge believe the technology might impact
the music business. (Emphasis mine.) It
will be a sad day when American corporations start to hold their US
digital innovations and inventions overseas to protect them from the
RIAA, moving important jobs overseas with them.
Thats what is ahead of us if Grokster loses. Thats what happens if
the RIAA is able to convince the Supreme Court of the USA that rather
than the truth, which is , Software doesnt steal content, people steal
content, they convince them that if it can impact the music business,
it should be outlawed because somehow it will. It doesnt matter that
the RIAA has been wrong about innovations and the perceived threat to
their industry, EVERY SINGLE TIME. It just matters that they can spend
more then everyone else on lawyers. Thats not the way it should be.”