Internet File Sharing Suits
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that Hollywood and the music industry can file piracy lawsuits against technology companies caught encouraging customers to steal music and movies over the Internet, but the ruling is not expected to have immediate impact on consumers. The justices stated that copying digital files such as movies, music or software programs "threatens copyright holders as never before" because it's so easy and popular, especially among teens. Entertainment companies declare that 2.6 billion songs, movies and other digital files are stolen each month through P2P programs. The ruling signifies an important victory for Hollywood and record companies, which have had to rely on suing individually of the thousands of computer users caught sharing music and movies online.