Secondary Liability in Copyright

Professor Paul Goldstein, Stella W. and Ira S. Lillick Professor of Law, Stanford University, June 2005

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in MGM v. Grokster has generated huge interest in the question of secondary liability in copyright, both among the legal community and the public. More than fifty amicus curiae briefs were filed prior to the oral arguments on March 29, 2005, which were accompanied by intensive media coverage and demonstrations in front of the Supreme Court.