The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals presiding over the film and recording industries' case against file-swapping networks Morpheus and Grokster yesterday showed a hint of skepticism about the plaintiffs' positions on copyright. One judge compared this case to a similar one 20 years ago in which the Supreme Court rebuffed Hollywood's attempt to block Sony's Betamax tape recorder. In that case the justices said the Betamax's many legitimate uses outweighed the potential for film piracy.

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