Oral arguments were heard today in the music industries bid to slap down Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks for distributing file sharing software and hosting sharing communities. Interestingly enough the lawyers from Grokster drew the best shot of the day in reminding the justices that "technically" this case has already been decided in 1984. In the Sony Betamax decision the justices ruled that manufacturers could not be held liable for copyright infringement for misuse of it's VCRs by it's customers. Is it completely pointless to ask ID members which side of this argument they fall on? I can see the music/movie industries point - they have seen a 25% reduction in sales since the creation of file sharing software. File sharing is a severe hardship on their bottom line. But I believe that the prosecution of copyright infringement must be done against the individual without regard to the manufacturer. If anything it will create a whole new business of creating DVDs/CDs that are unable to be copied. The justices will probably not have a decision on this case for quite a while - when it comes down I'll post it here. B.