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January 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge has thrown out an antitrust lawsuit filed by the distributor of Morpheus file-sharing software against Internet phone service provider Skype Technologies, EBay Inc. and other defendants. StreamCast Networks Inc. had sought more than $4.1 billion in unspecified damages and a court order blocking EBay from selling Skype services.
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January 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge has thrown out an antitrust lawsuit filed by the distributor of Morpheus file-sharing software against Internet phone service provider Skype Technologies, EBay Inc. and other defendants. StreamCast Networks Inc. had sought more than $4.1 billion in unspecified damages and a court order blocking EBay from selling Skype services.
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October 30, 2004 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
The major record labels and movie studios are leery of putting their wares on file-sharing networks, where piracy is rampant. But another group of artists soon may find that one of the most controversial networks offers a particularly effective means of reaching a wide audience.
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March 28, 2005 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
The entertainment and technology industries' most important legal dispute in two decades hinges on a question Hollywood confronts every day: What makes a bad actor? The Supreme Court will ponder that question Tuesday when it hears arguments from studios and record labels eager to hold the distributors of two file-sharing programs -- Morpheus and Grokster -- liable for the wide-scale piracy committed by their users.
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March 28, 2005 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
The entertainment and technology industries' most important legal dispute in two decades hinges on a question Hollywood confronts every day: What makes a bad actor? The Supreme Court will ponder that question Tuesday when it hears arguments from studios and record labels eager to hold the distributors of two file-sharing programs -- Morpheus and Grokster -- liable for the wide-scale piracy committed by their users.
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August 20, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
AOL Time Warner Inc., Sony Corp. and other entertainment companies asked a U.S. appeals court to revive copyright infringement claims against Internet file-sharing services Grokster and StreamCast Networks Inc. In April, U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that Grokster and StreamCast, which provide Morpheus file-sharing software, aren't responsible for what individuals do with it. The entertainment companies filed court papers with the U.S.
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March 15, 2003 | Jon Healey
StreamCast Networks Inc., distributor of the controversial Morpheus file-sharing software, said founder Steve Griffin had left the company. Griffin oversaw the transformation of the company from an obscure provider of Napster-like services to one of the leading suppliers of software for obtaining free copies of music, movies and other files through the Internet. StreamCast drew a copyright-infringement lawsuit by the major record companies and film studios, which is still pending.
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November 9, 2004 | From Associated Press
A disparate group of state attorneys general, labor unions, retailers, professional sports leagues and others urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a claim brought by the recording and film industries against two Internet file-sharing firms. In several legal briefs filed with the court, the petitioners stressed that the justices should finally resolve conflicting lower court rulings on file sharing, said Steven Marks, general counsel for the Recording Industry Assn. of America.
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June 4, 2002 | Jon Healey
A federal judge took several steps Monday to focus the music and movie industries' lawsuit against online file-sharing networks Morpheus, Kazaa and Grokster. Meanwhile, lawyers for the plaintiffs said they intended to expand the lawsuit to cover the two principal figures in Kazaa--Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis--as well as Sharman Networks, the company distributing Kazaa's software. U.S. District Judge Stephen V.
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May 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The firm behind the Morpheus online file-swapping software is suing EBay Inc. and 21 other defendants in a dispute over the right to technology used to make telephone calls over the Internet. The federal lawsuit filed by Los Angeles-based StreamCast Networks Inc. also names as defendants Internet phone service provider Skype and the founders of Kazaa, who the suit claims developed the technology that led to the online phone service.
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October 30, 2004 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
The major record labels and movie studios are leery of putting their wares on file-sharing networks, where piracy is rampant. But another group of artists soon may find that one of the most controversial networks offers a particularly effective means of reaching a wide audience.
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March 22, 2005 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
As they gear up to battle each other before the Supreme Court, the major record labels and file-sharing company StreamCast Networks Inc. have settled a separate copyright infringement lawsuit over a radio service that StreamCast never launched. The lawsuit accused Woodland Hills-based StreamCast of putting unauthorized copies of thousands of songs on computer servers in 1999 and 2000.
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December 3, 2002 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday weighed arguments, but postponed ruling in a contentious hearing over the fate of the popular Morpheus and Grokster file-swapping networks. Both sides in the copyright infringement lawsuit -- filed against the networks by Hollywood studios, major record labels and music publishers -- asked U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson to rule in the case that has emerged as a key legal fight in the post-Napster world.
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