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Supreme Court sets date for file-sharing case

Closely watched case could decide whether or not file-sharing networks are legal to operate.

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Declan McCullagh is the chief political correspondent for CNET. You can e-mail him or follow him on Twitter as declanm. Declan previously was a reporter for Time and the Washington bureau chief for Wired and wrote the Taking Liberties section and Other People's Money column for CBS News' Web site.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has set a date for oral arguments in a that could decide whether file-sharing networks are legal to operate or not. The case will be heard on March 29, the justices said Thursday.

In 2001, companies represented by the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America sued Grokster and Morpheus parent StreamCast Networks alleging copyright violations but have lost in the lower courts. A decision from the Supreme Court is expected by early July 2005.