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The ghost of Betamax continues to haunt Hollywood and music producers. America's entertainment industry has been fighting fiercely to rein in companies like Groskter and StreamCast Networks that provide software that computer users often use to download illegal music, films, and TV shows from the Internet. But on Aug. 19, the San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed at least part of their argument, citing the landmark 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision that it's O.K. for consumers to tape movies and TV shows for their personal use.
"....whose Kazaa Latest News about Kazaa program is the most widely used music and film download software."
Are you sure about that? Especially about trading movies? The eDonkey2000 network has about 100-200 thousand fewer users on their public network than FastTrack (throw in the private users and it more than likely exceeds FastTrack.) And you can rest assured the amount of movies traded on eDonkey2000 far exceeds that of FastTrack. I wont get into the fact that DirectConnect has more files on it than FastTrack either...
"That case hinged on Napster's centralized servers, making it the source of illegally obtained music, the court found.
In the current case, Grokster and StreamCast don't store music on a centralized server, but rather provide the software for consumers to user while trading music or movies."
You have your facts a bit mixed up. Napster didnt have music on their centralized servers either, as you insinuate here. Napster's centralized servers only acted as indexing servers, much like a FastTrack supernode does.