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Politicos say Grokster ruling was just right

Members of Energy and Commerce Committee back decision that Grokster could be held liable for copyright infringement.

Anne Broache Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Anne Broache
covers Capitol Hill goings-on and technology policy from Washington, D.C.
Anne Broache
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are continuing to cheer last week's that said Grokster and StreamCast could be held liable for copyright infringement. "With music, movies, computer software, books and other types of creative works comprising our second largest export, massive theft of property over the Internet jeopardizes our economic security," said a June 30 statement signed by a bipartisan group of 25 members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee.

The statement signals that any group seeking legislation to overturn or alter the Grokster decision is unlikely to get very far. The statement added: "The Supreme Court correctly understood this and clearly stated that this case was not about technology but about those who would abuse it, turning it to illegal purposes."