The Court's unusual action is a sign of the Court's interest in the case. A recent study indicated that the Court's request for a response significantly increases the chances the Court will ultimately grant review -- which could turn into a major contest for the music industry.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Supreme Court requests response on 'innocent infringer' cert. petition
Good news for Whitney Harper and other opponents of the record labels' suits against individual peer-to-peer users: the Supreme Court has asked the record label plaintiffs to file a response to Harper's cert. petition that sought review of the Fifth Circuit's decision that precluded her from asserting the "innocent infringer" defense under 17 U.S.C. § 504(c)(2). While the Court's request is far from a guarantee that it will take the case, it only takes such action in a small percentage of cases, and it is an indication that the justices are at least intrigued by the issues presented and are seriously considering granting cert. As the Blog of Legal Times, which first reported the decision, stated: