With music sales down, everyone is quick to point their finger at “illicit” P2P file sharing services. Well, the Madrid Court of Appeals doesn’t think P2P technology is all that illicit.
Back in 2008, Universal, Sony, EMI, Warner, and Productores de Música de España (the Spanish RIAA) joined forces and sued MP2P Technologies for the equivalent of $18 million. MP2P was founded by Pablo Soto and is the company behind Blubster, a site similar to the old Napster.
These labels said Soto created the software to promote piracy, a move that created unfair and illegal competition. In 2011, the court decided that Blubster was neutral software, saying it was just a tool for sharing files.
The labels appealed the decision. Now, several years later, the decision from this appeal has been released.
The court of appeals basically said “offering advanced P2P technology doesn’t automatically encourage exploitative acts nor does it promote an unfair advantage”.
The court also said Soto “didn’t have any control over users’ actions by giving them the tools, as he wasn’t a mediator between the user and the service”.
If you can read the Spanish, Diario Turing has posted the court’s ruling online:
Sentencia favorable a Pablo Soto
An updated version of Blubster has subsequently been released.
When Nina Ulloa isn’t writing for DMN she’s usually reviewing music or at a show. Follow her on Twitter.
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