The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says it has asked a federal district court in California to grant a summary judgment on behalf of MusicCity, a file-swapping company facing a copyright infringement lawsuit from the Hollywood and record industries. In a brief, the EFF asked the court to recognize the legal uses of MusicCity's Morpheus software. The civil liberties group said MusicCity also asked for a Feb. 25 hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.
In October, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of AmericaMusicCity as well as file-swapping services Kazaa and Grokster in an attempt to prevent people from trading copies of music and films over the Web. In November, the EFF, which has represented hackers, cryptographers and computer scientists in its push for digital rights, to defend MusicCity. StreamCast Networks, which is based in Nashville, maintains the Morpheus software and MusicCity.com Web site.