Grokster Croaks

Published: 2005-11-08
It seems that peer-to-peer file sharing platforms are going the way of the dinosaurs, either closing or changing to legal (read: paid) downloads. Napster was the original scapegoat for all MP3 pirate services, but soon Kazaa was closing, and just last week iMesh went legal, offering its collection up to customers for a price.

The latest P2P site to bite the bullet is Grokster, which agreed just yesterday to shut down. The closing was a settlement in response to a lawsuit filed against the site by Hollywood and the recording industry. The site was sued because it was said to encourage people to download illegally by offering the program to enable people to file-share for free.

Today if you head to, all you will see is a message crediting the site's demise to a US Supreme Court Decision, and promising a "safe and legal service" will be set up soon at No details have been released on exactly how it will work.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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