Grokster quits file-sharing fight

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File-sharing group Grokster has agreed to halt distributing its software to settle a long-running copyright case launched by the entertainment industry.

Under the deal, Grokster is permanently banned from taking part in the spread of copyrighted music and movie files.

It agreed to stop activity that leads to copyright infringement, as well as paying $50m (£28.7m) in damages.

Grokster's decision has been seen as a victory for the entertainment industry's fight against online piracy.

Grokster's website was changed on Monday and now says its existing peer-to-peer (P2P) service was illegal.

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