Yet, I'm conflicted over file-sharing lawsuits. I've spent the past two decades covering business and technology, and I marvel at the innovations that have occurred and changed our lives for the better. I fear a decision by the high court in favor of the entertainment industry could stifle future innovations.
Rarely do I agree with Justice Antonin Scalia, but from the bench during arguments, he expressed his concern that legitimate uses of a new technology could be hampered if threats of copyright-infringement suits hover over innovators. "What I worry about is a suit right out of the box," Scalia said. "Do you give a company a couple of years to show substantial noninfringement?"
I'd say that's a good idea.