Does the Sharing of Music Files Through the Internet Violate Copyright Law? (1310 words)

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"Does the sharing of music files through the internet violate copyright law?"
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You are to write about the background of the case, any court rulings and the reasoning for the decision, and how it affects you and/or operations in the justice system.
Any other interesting facts regarding the case should also be addressed in the report.

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Cover pages and “works cited” pages don’t count!
Be sure to cite all sources of outside material.

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DOES THE SHARING OF MUSIC FILES THROUGH THE INTERNET VIOLATE COPYRIGHT LAWS

MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster Ltd is one of the cases that had the most impact on contemporary issues of copyright protection and copyright infringements in the United States. Grokster Ltd., a company that no longer exists, was a software business that has developed a peer-to-peer file sharing system that eventually led to the company demise.
The program developed by the Grokster Ltd. bear the same name as the company and was based on a principle where the files that were being shared by the users were not being processed through the centralized server. The users were free to send and receive files directly to each other without files reaching the central server. The company was sued for violation of copyright laws as it did not follow through the source of files shared i.e. allowed the files to be downloaded illegally causing financial harm to the music producers....

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