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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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RE: Err..
By Wwhat on 7/28/2006 6:08:52 PM , Rating: 2
Shoter Ocford Dictionary:
theft /TEft/ n.[OE (WS) ÞiefÞ, later ÞyfÞ, Þyft, (non-WS) ÞeofÞ, Þeoft = OFris. thiufthe, thiufte, ON Þýf<eth>, Þýft, f. Gmc base of THIEF: see -T2.]1 The action of a thief; the action or practice of stealing; larceny; spec. (Law) dishonest appropriation of another’s property with intent to deprive him or her of it permanently. Also, an instance of this. OE. 2 That which has been stolen. Now rare. OE.

RE: Err..
By Wwhat on 7/28/2006 6:10:18 PM , Rating: 2
That should read Shorter Oxford, fumblefingers ;|

RE: Err..
By masher2 on 7/28/2006 7:06:41 PM , Rating: 2
> "Shoter Ocford Dictionary"

Lookup the legal definition of theft in any state in the Union. This is from the Penn. State Penal Code:

Theft of Services [includes], but is not limited to, labor, professional service, transportation service, the supplying of hotel accommodations, restaurant services, entertainment, cable television service , the supplying of equipment for use and the supplying of commodities of a public utility nature such as gas, electricity, steam and water, and telephone or telecommunication service. The term "unauthorized" means that payment of full compensation for service has been avoided, or has been sought to be avoided, without the consent of the supplier of the service ....

Theft of intellectual property is theft. And, despite sophomoric justifications to the contrary, it deprives the owner of both control over his property, and the opportunity to profit from it. And please, don't again recite the old mantra that "I only steal what I don't intend to buy".

"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
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