April 25, 2003 · Lessig
I have just finished reading the opinion by Judge Wilson dismissing MGM’s suit against Grokster and Streamcast. The opinion is testimony to great lawyering. The key to the decision is the difference between the architecture of Napster and the architecture of Morpheus. To get a judge to understand that completely takes an extraordinary skill. This was not a case I worked on at all, so I am free to say this: EFF deserves a great deal of credit in this case. As Kapor said at its founding, “Architecture is politics.” Now it is also law.