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If the court found Grokster liable for the infringing practices of its users, it could have a chilling effect on other inventors, Breyer and several other justices said. "There?s never evidence at the time when the guy?s sitting in his garage figuring out how to invent the iPod," said Justice David Souter in open court Tuesday.
Supreme Court justices questioned on Tuesday whether the recording industry?s attempts to shut down online file-sharing networks would deter inventors from developing new products like Apple?s iPod music player.
But the justices also suggested that peer-to-peer networks could be held accountable for copyright infringement because they attracted users by telling them that they could copy music and movies for free.
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