Fenwick & West Files Amicus Brief in the MGM v. Grokster Supreme Court Case

Partner Laurence Pulgram Defends Sony Rule

March 3, 2005 (San Francisco and Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP, has filed an Amicus brief in the MGM v. Grokster case (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, et. al., vs. Grokster, Ltd., et. al., case no. 04-480, U.S. Supreme Court).


The brief, submitted March 1, 2005 on behalf of innovation scholars and economists, argues that the decision in the landmark 1984 Supreme Court case Sony v. Betamax was essential to the continuing advance of innovation and economic growth. Absent preservation of the Sony rule, the brief argues, "Copyright would become a brake on, rather than one of the pistons of, the Nation's economic engine."

Laurence Pulgram, a partner in Fenwick & West's San Francisco office who has led the defense of several innovative technologies, noted: "Just as with the VCR, decentralized peer-to-peer software innovation will unleash the development of new business models that will make it easier for consumers to obtain copyrighted works legally and rapidly. The Nation's continued economic growth depends on this freedom to innovate in bringing such products to market."

The case is scheduled to be argued in front of the Supreme Court on March 29, 2005.

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For additional information, or to arrange an interview with Laurence Pulgram, contact Cheryl Riley at 703.683.1798,

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