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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios v. Grokster
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios v. Grokster

Decided June 27, 2005

No. 04-480

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/000/04-480.html

Decision

Unauthorized peer-to-peer sharing of music and movies over the Internet violates the protection of the copyright laws for the creators of those works. The distributors of software that makes file sharing possible can be held liable for the violations if they actively encourage users to violate copyrights.

Background

One of the amazing innovations of the high-speed Internet is the ability for computer users to share files—audio and video as well as written text—with other users almost instantaneously and without loss of quality from the original. File-sharing technology has legitimate uses, but one of its most popular applications has been the massive sharing of copyrighted music and movies, in violation of copyright laws. Where once listeners would ...

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