Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Another P2P victory

This time in France

But this decision is the first one to authorize both the downloading and uploading of P2P content for Internet users. On September 21, 2004, the prosecutor's office found 1875 MP3 and DIVX files on the defendant's hard drive. Based on this discovery, a French record producer association known as the SCPP (Société Civile des Producteurs Phonographiques) sued him for downloading and uploading 1212 music tracks.

The District Court of Paris, however, refused to agree with the SCPP's argument. Following the line of reasoning utilized by the ADA for nearly two years, the Judges decided that these acts of downloading and uploading qualified as “private copying.”