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Napster Inc. may be gone, but the practice of downloading copyrighted material off the Internet is alive and well. In a breakthrough ruling against the entertainment industry this April, Judge Stephen Wilson of federal district court in Los Angeles gave a green light to software distributors Grokster, Ltd., and StreamCast Networks, Inc. Wilson’s decision permits the two companies to continue providing software that allows users to download and share music, videos, software applications, e-books, and text files. The ruling was a blow to the dozens of record labels, motion picture studios, songwriters, and publishers who filed the suit, which blamed electronic copying for hundreds of millions of dollars in lost sales. Unlike Napster, neither Grokster nor StreamCast has a centralized server through which files are shared, Judge Wilson noted, and therefore the companies should not be held responsible for individuals who use their services to download copyrighted material. Sharman Networks, Ltd., which offers the file-sharing software Kazaa, was added to the suit as a defendant after it was filed, but Sharman was not covered in the ruling. The plaintiffs have begun the appeal process. For Arista Records, Recording Industry Association of America, Inc., and other record company plaintiffs In-house (RIAA): Senior vice president � business and legal affairs Matthew Oppenheim and vice president � legal affairs Dean Garfield. Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (Los Angeles): George Borkowski, Steven Fabrizio, Russell Frackman, Matt Railo, and associate Eric German. The firm has handled prior online piracy litigation for several plaintiff record companies. For Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and other movie studio plaintiffs Williams & Connolly (Washington, D.C.): Thomas Hentoff, David Kendall, Robert Shaughnessy, and associates Nicholas Boyle, Kevin Hardy, Beth Levene, Ana Reyes, and Joseph Terry. Several plaintiff movie studios are longtime clients of the firm. For Home Box Office, Inc., and other Time Warner plaintiffs O’Melveny & Myers (Los Angeles): Robert Schwartz and counsel Marvin Putnam, Jr. Schwartz has handled much litigation for various Time Warner entities. For Jerry Leiber and other songwriter and music publisher plaintiffs Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (New York): Carey Ramos, Aidan Synnott, and associates Theodore Cheng and Matthew Kalmanson. Paul, Weiss has represented several of these plaintiffs in other suits. Davis Wright Tremaine (Seattle): Jeffrey Blum, Kelli Sager, and Andrew Thomas. (All are in Los Angeles.) For defendant Streamcast Networks, Inc. (Franklin, Tennessee) Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr (Dallas): Charles Baker and LaDawn Horn Conway. Baker, who is in the firm’s Austin office, was retained in June 2002 after a beauty contest. He was at now-defunct Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison at the time. Electronic Frontier Foundation (San Francisco): Senior intellectual property attorney Fred von Lohmann and legal director Cindy Cohn. For defendant Grokster, Ltd. (Nevis, West Indies) Keker & Van Nest (San Francisco): Michael Page, of counsel Mark Lemley, and associate Stacey Wexler. Page had worked with Von Lohman at the EFF on a number of suits.

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