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The Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis also co-founded Kazaa

StreamCast Networks, the company best known for developing the Morpheus file sharing program, has filed a lawsuit against Skype and co-founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom.  StreamCast filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on January 20.  The complaint alleges that Skype is using StreamCast's peer-to-peer technology without permission.  According to InformationWeek:

The suit charges that Zennstrom and Friis secretly sold FastTrack despite StreamCast's contractual right to prevent the deal, and that the defendants shut down StreamCast's Morpheus network and transferred its user base to Kazaa. Skype comes into the picture in a more indirect route. The suit says Skype uses FastTrack technology to transfer calls across the Internet and notes Zennstrom and Friis have "profited handsomely" from Skype's $4.1 billion sale to eBay.

If StreamCast wins the lawsuit, it would most likely be a strong blow to Skype -- already in legal troubles

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Is it just me?
By Bull Dog on 3/29/2006 1:06:10 AM , Rating: 2
Is it just me, or are there way too many sue happy people out there?

RE: Is it just me?
By Kilim on 3/29/2006 1:37:59 AM , Rating: 2
You libelous bastard!

RE: Is it just me?
By Griswold on 3/29/2006 3:42:12 AM , Rating: 2
Sue him!

RE: Is it just me?
By NagoyaX on 3/29/2006 1:43:10 AM , Rating: 3
Nope its the US all together, it seems as of late i cant get on DailyTech w/o seeing someone being sued... its getting stupid

RE: Is it just me?
By Trisped on 3/29/2006 4:04:13 PM , Rating: 2
Although there are some that are sue happy, the real problem is the people not respecting the rights of creators. If the Skype people hadn't stolen the FastTrack technology and StreamCast's peer-to-peer technology there wouldn't be a law suit.

An analogy would be comparing this suit to the Enron employee's suing to get there money back.

Gotta love the american crybaby.
By Rob94hawk on 3/29/2006 4:01:41 AM , Rating: 2
Ugh, America. Home of the biggest bunch of crybaby pu$$ies in the entire world.

It's like, "oh wait, I thought of doing that back in 1990 but since someone actually did it I'll try to sue and get some money off of it."

RE: Gotta love the american crybaby.
By TheGee on 3/29/2006 7:22:30 AM , Rating: 2
eh..but hang on...if that $4.1 billion dollar sale was based on your technology wouldn't you want your day in court? Come on of course you would.

This is not about <It's like, "oh wait, I thought of doing that back in 1990 but since someone actually did it I'll try to sue and get some money off of it." It's about their technology.

However we don't agree crybaby pu$$ies we cannot allow people to perpertrate %4.1 billion scams either.... except maybe the military toilet seat makers!!

PS and I'm not a american!

By SunAngel on 3/29/2006 9:11:58 AM , Rating: 1
Yo! They are not cry babies. You just have to have big balls to play the game (own a business) in America. Now grant, getting kicked in the balls, I believe a tear would grow in your eyes also...unless your a female (however females in America get their balls busted too).

Did skype robbed the technology
By Goolic on 3/29/2006 8:04:51 PM , Rating: 2
You guys are making the assumption that skype did robbed the fasttrack technology.

A far as i know akype don't use every principle that fasttrack uses.

Am I wrong ?

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