Kazaa fights back

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  • Andrew Pratt
    Moderator Emeritus
    • Aug 2000
    • 16507

    Kazaa fights back

    Kazaa files lawsuit against music, movie companies
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Makers of the most popular online file-sharing network are suing entertainment companies for copyright infringement, alleging the companies used unauthorized versions of its software to snoop on users in their efforts to battle piracy.

    Sharman Networks, the company behind the Kazaa file-sharing software, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, accusing the movie studios and the Recording Industry of America of using "Kazaa Lite," a replica of its software without advertising, to get onto the network. Sharman claims its copyright was violated because Kazaa Lite is an unauthorized version of its free software.

    Once on the network, the companies offered bogus versions of copyright music and movies and then sent online messages to users warning them they were breaking the law. Sharman claims those moves violated terms for using its network.

    The RIAA, which has battled the widespread sharing of music, called Sharman's "newfound admiration for the importance of copyright law" ironic and "self-serving."

    Sharman's lawsuit also revives its previous allegation that Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group violated antitrust laws by stopping Sharman and its partner Altnet Inc. from distributing authorized copies of music and movies through Kazaa.

    Last year the companies filed suit against Sharman, accusing it of providing free access to copyright music and films to millions of Internet users in the United States.

    Sharman, in a countersuit, claimed movie and recording industries didn't understand the digital age and were monopolizing entertainment.

    U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson rejected those claims in July but last week allowed Sharman to try again.

    Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group declined to comment on Sharman's latest lawsuit.

    Users can download Kazaa file-sharing software, which hooks them up to a network where they can copy songs and movies without having to pay for them.

    Earlier this month, recording companies sued 261 music fans, claiming they were illegally distributing hundreds of digital song files apiece over the Internet. The industry trolled file-sharing networks such as Kazaa and downloaded song files from users' computers.

    Once the industry determined a downloaded song file was a copyright work, they issued subpoenas to Internet access providers to find out who was behind the account used to log onto the file-sharing network.

  • Andrew Pratt
    Moderator Emeritus
    • Aug 2000
    • 16507

    Interesting to see them using similar logic against the RIAA :LOL:


    • David Meek
      Moderator Emeritus
      • Aug 2000
      • 8938

      . . . and the RIAA calling Kazaa's actions "self serving".

      Hypocrites. Not surprising tho'. :evil:

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      • Andrew Pratt
        Moderator Emeritus
        • Aug 2000
        • 16507

        Another interesting tid bit about the RIAA

        RIAA drops suit against senior
        BOSTON (AP) -- The recording industry has withdrawn a lawsuit accusing a 66-year-old woman, who says she didn't even have file-sharing software, of illegally sharing hundreds of songs including rap.

        The lawsuit against sculptor Sara Seabury Ward was among 261 lawsuits filed this month by the Recording Industry Association of America as part of a fight against Internet file-trading.

        It accused her of illegally sharing more than 2,000 songs through the file-sharing service Kazaa, including rapper Trick Daddy's "I'm a Thug."

        The industry threatened to hold her liable for up to $150,000 for each song.

        But Ward's lawyer, Jeffrey Beeler wrote in a letter to industry representatives that Ward was a "computer neophyte" who never even installed file-sharing software on her computer, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.

        In fact, Ward uses a Macintosh computer at home, and Kazaa runs only on Windows-based computer programs, Beeler noted.

        The case, filed in federal court in Boston, was dropped Friday.

        However, RIAA lawyer Colin Zick added that "we will continue our review of the issues you raised and we reserve the right to refile the complaint against Mrs. Ward if and when circumstances warrant."

        Neither Zick nor Ward immediately returned calls seeking comment Wednesday morning


        • Gordon Moore
          Moderator Emeritus
          • Feb 2002
          • 3188

          Interesting...could be a case of identity theft. Who's to say your ip wasn't spoofed?

          Or in the wireless age if your network is being accessed by your neighbor, how are you responsible?
          Can the RIAA prove without resonable doubt that you were at the other end of that I.P.??? I don't think so.

          It would be interesting to see how this will be challenged in a court of law...because if your house has multiple members or you are unknowingly hacked, how is the RIAA going to know who to sue?

          "A RONSTER!"
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