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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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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.


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