Student Note: Does Grokster Create A New Cause of Action That Could Implicate the Apple TV?, Fordham Itell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. Vol.17, 1197

Posted May 8, 2007

Today, copyright infringement is made possible because of the technology available in our digital world.1 Digital technology includes computers, storage devices, and peer-to-peer (“P2P”) filesharing services.2 So if one combines these and connects them to a media player, like an Apple TV, he or she can choose from countless unauthorized files of copyrighted material to enjoy on a big screen television set. In fact, one can do this within minutes, without the tedious intermediary step of obtaining permission from the copyright holders.3 But who should be liable for the copyright infringement? The situation below illustrates the different roles involved in a typical act of copyright infringement. While reading it, one should try to decide who should be held liable…

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