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March 1 Press Conference on Supreme Court File-Sharing Case

February 25, 2005

March 1 Press Conference on Supreme Court File-Sharing Case

Discussion with Defendants and Friends-of-the-Court on the Day Briefs Are Filed

Washington, DC - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Washington, DC-based Public Knowledge will host a press conference on Tuesday, March 1 to discuss briefs filed by defendants and friends-of-the-court that day in MGM v. Grokster. The case, which will be argued before the US Supreme Court on March 29, concerns whether manufacturers of peer-to-peer file-sharing software Grokster and StreamCast (makers of Morpheus) should be held liable for the copyright infringements of their users.

Media professionals attending this event will hear from the defendants in the case, attorneys, and representatives from several groups that have filed friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs. Amici supporting the defendants include venture capitalists, consumer electronics companies, law professors, consumer groups, economists, and technology researchers.

The press conference will take place Tuesday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Journalists are invited to attend the live event at the offices of Public Knowledge (1875 Conn. Ave, NW #650, Washington, DC) or phone in via teleconference.

Confirmed attendees include:

* Fred von Lohmann, Electronic Frontier Foundation, counsel for Streamcast, one of the peer-to-peer companies being sued
* Mike Weiss, CEO of Streamcast
* Michael Page, attorney for Grokster
* Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge
* Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
* Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association
* Ed Black, president of Computer and Communications Industry Association

Contacts:

Art Brodsky
Communications Director
Public Knowledge
abrodsky@publicknowledge.org

Annalee Newitz
Policy Analyst / Media Coordinator
Electronic Frontier Foundation
annalee@eff.org

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