Internet file-sharing services can be held responsible if they intend for their customers to use software primarily to swap songs and movies illegally, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 27, rejecting warnings that the lawsuits will stunt the growth of cool technology gadgets such as the next iPod.

The high court's ruling could help keep students from sapping bandwidth from their schools' networks by downloading and sharing content illegally online. It also gives the entertainment industry another legal option to the more costly and less popular route of going directly after millions of online...

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