Grokster Oral Argument At The Supreme Court

28 – 29 March 2005

During my first tour of duty at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, September 2003 – June 2006, EFF argued MGM v. Grokster at the 9th Circuit and again at the Supreme Court. (For more details see this older page.) Although EFF won the case handily at the 9th, the Supremes pummeled the argument.

To see the argument, a bunch of us camped out on the sidewalk all night so that we could be more likely to get a seat inside in the morning. As it happened, we all got in, but just barely!

Here are some pics from the night of, and some from the morning. My favorite part of the proceedings was when Seth and Annalee managed to get Jack Valenti to autograph a Betamax tape — a technology he fought hard to kill. He was a good sport about it though, and we had a good laugh!

The SCOTUS building at night
The Capitol building at night
Making the bed
Fred grins
Annalee at 6 AM
Lining up
Annalee zoot
Dr. Seth, Esq.
Chris zoot
Cindy pontificating
The Betamax tape, as-yet-unsigned
Seth, Annalee, and Jack
Annalee Triumphant

It was a Woody Allen movie
Sorry, wrong issue
Thanks, right issue
Mako don’t stop
We’re blogging this
I’m quite right
Marcia and Kurt