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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

File-Sharing Head Shops

One of the Supreme Court rulings yesterday involved Grokster and other file-sharing software.  Essentially, the court ruled that, if you make something and distribute it, knowing that other people will use it commit an illegal act -- like downloading copyrighted material -- then you can be held liable.

This reminded me of every head shop I've ever seen (come to think of it, do they even exist anymore?).  They sold bongs and other devices used to smoke pot, but the cops couldn't do anything about them because the owners could claim that the giant water pipe they were selling wasn't intended for use with marijuana -- you could put tobacco in there, instead.  Funny, in college, I don't remember anyone in my dorm filling their bong from a bag of roll-your-own Marlboros.