Are wireless carriers liable for user infringement?
Abstract: Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to infringe copyrighted material. But can the providers of that technology be found liable for its users’ infringement? This article looks at a case in which a seller of commercial multimedia-messaging content, after finding that users were resharing content without permission or compensation, alleged that the carrier vicariously infringed its content and induced others to do so. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined that, because the plaintiff had failed to establish the necessary specific knowledge of infringement, its contributory copyright infringement claim also failed.