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Kazaa goes legal

In what the recording industry calls a win situation, four record labels have settled a lawsuit with popular P2P sharing network Kazaa. Under the settlement, Kazaa will pay more than $100 million to four to EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music and Warner Music. Kazaa will also commit to going fully legitimate said the report.

According to the International Federation of Phonographic Industry, Kazaa has contributed to a significant amount of "damage" in the music industry. IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy said "these are very substantial damages being paid -- in excess of $100 million -- and Kazaa will go legal immediately. They've had time to prepare for this." Representatives for the MPAA also said that Kazaa will be implementing technology that will prevent users from transferring copyrighted material over the network.

The original developers of Kazaa, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis sold Kazaa to Sharman Networks in 2002. Since then, Sharman had been dealing with the MPAA and the RIAA over the legality of Kazaa users transferring copyrighted material. Neither Zennstrom nor Friis was available for comment.

Zennstrom went on to create Skype after selling Kazaa to Sharman. Zennstrom ended up selling Skype to eBay for roughly $2.6 billion in both cash and stock.


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Booooooooo
By bigboxes on 7/27/2006 5:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
Not that I've used Kazaa in years, but this is nonsense. I guess it's all about intent cuz I can't see the technology being the problem. I hope the RIAA and it's customers make less money every year. Since the music gets worse every year, maybe the last peep that purchases an album can pay a billion dollars for it to keep the industry afloat. No love loss here. More choice, less cost, and no DRM will save the industry. If they think that they can survive on lawsuits like these they are sadly mistaken.




RE: Booooooooo
By Teletran1 on 7/27/2006 6:03:16 PM , Rating: 3
Music is at an all time low. At least the 70s and 80s had a bunch of leftover bands from the 60s still pumping out some half decent tunes. I havent heard anything new that I would even bother to steal let alone buy.


RE: Booooooooo
By msva124 on 7/27/2006 6:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly, you're right. I actually drew up a list of the good albums/bands in the first half of each decade starting with 1960. The 2000s are by far the worst decade. If there are any new talented musicians out there they must be keeping it to themselves. I can't fault them for that, as the price of fame is a high one.


RE: Booooooooo
By MrDiSante on 7/27/2006 6:30:00 PM , Rating: 2
There are still a few good bands around. Dream Theater's been releasing solid hits all the way through, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest hit a bit of a bad patch in the late 90's but Brave New World was good and so was Living After Midnight. It's not that bleak - scratch that, not a single one of those bands lacks a member more than 40 years old.


RE: Booooooooo
By Mudvillager on 7/28/2006 4:29:28 AM , Rating: 2
Sadly you're all wrong. There is lots of good music coming out these days, for example Death Cab For Cutie, Armor For Sleep, Coheed And Cambria, Saosin, Circa Survive, Damien Jurado, A Static Lullaby, Franz Ferdinand, Dungen etc. well you get the picture.

The thing is that you have probably "grown into" your kind of music which probably isn't as common today, say Pink Floyd (which I love btw) for instance. So please can we end this discussion?


RE: Booooooooo
By crazydrummer4562 on 7/31/2006 12:57:35 AM , Rating: 2
"good" music is in the ear of the beholder. nobody really cares about what music someone else thinks is good. fact of the matter is, it's sheerly opinion.


RE: Booooooooo
By Dfere on 7/28/2006 8:04:50 AM , Rating: 2
Good to know I may not be the oldest one on here....


RE: Booooooooo
By ElJefe69 on 7/28/2006 12:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
I bet you have a gut, have a new shiney useless SUV, and a really pathetic/nostalgic view of the world.

there are several bands and a bunch of albums from the 60's that are great. Ever listen to radio from then? a lot of crap, LOADS of crap. 70's?? what absolute crap besides a few incredibly talented bands. 80's was unique and all BRAND NEW. 90's brough gothic up, brought atmospheric, made rap not r and b not crappy for like 2-3 years (now its absolute fecal matter), made a thing called Grunge, made progressive metal non-gay, brought about norwegian, finnish and japanese metal. Yeah, if you want to listen to yellow submarine and trim your earhairs, sure the 80's 90's brought nothing to you. (and you brought nothing to the 80's and 90's)


"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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