The United States Supreme Court previously ruled that recording television programs or movies using Betamax or VHS tapes does not constitute copyright infringement. However, the Supreme Court recently held that downloading music from a peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing network does constitute copyright infringement. Thus, federal district court decisions are now targeting individuals who illegally download music from these networks and entering large monetary judgments against them. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is upholding these judgments. This article discusses the difference between video taping and downloading and why is there a discrepancy in terms of copyright law.
Jeffrey J. Escher,
Copyright, Technology & The Boston Strangler: The Seventh Circuit and the Future of Online Music Access,
Seventh Circuit Rev.
Available at: http://scholarship.kentlaw.iit.edu/seventhcircuitreview/vol1/iss1/7