Sunday, June 26, 2005

Big Monday at the Court

Posted By on Sun, Jun 26, 2005 at 1:18 PM

Monday morning the U.S. Supreme Court will issues its remaining decisions and wrap up the term, and as usual they've kept the biggies for last. The two most eagerly awaited rulings both have important implications for our part of the world:

[1] The Grokster case about sharing music on the Internet is perhaps the most significant intellectual property case in decades. It's not about his whether file sharing itself is good or evil, but whether the creators of file-sharing software are liable when their software is used to violate copyrights. Producers and consumers of music in Music City (and everywhere else) are watching this one closely.

[2] The Ten Commandments cases are two appeals, one from Kentucky involving courthouse postings, and the other from Texas involving a big stone monument on state capitol grounds. The outcome will affect several Tennessee counties where there have been or could be lawsuits over decalogue postings.

In light of the extensive and engaging discussion that appeared here last week following the court's Kelo ruling on property rights, my plan is to put up a post on each of these two decisions when they are released to create separate comment threads. The court lays down the law starting at 9 am CDT Monday.

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