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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 mindless1 on 7/30/2006 3:15:14 AM , Rating: 2
So sorry but you're completely, 100% wrong- as wrong as wrong gets!

Software piracy is not an appropriation of the property or service, it's an unauthorized distrubution or use of it.

Copyright theft is as any theft would be- stealing the copyright itself, becoming the copyright holder which is of course impossible through normal means since these things are documented.

If you broke into the hotel room, they have lost use of it, wear on it, have to clean it as well as general maintenance increase (as a %) on entire premises. Not so with piracy in general. Yes it is illegal but no, it's not any of the nonsense you pretend to know about.

It is likewise not "similar" to breaking into a cable box. That is their property (physical, box), and it is an access, use of their physical property. It would be similar to going to the software developer's office, sitting down at a terminal and using their equipment to run the software.

Please resist the urge to make up nonsense. Software piracy is not "like" some other dissimilar thing. It is illegal but not theft. We have more than 5 words in the english language because each word means something specific, no matter how much you want to pretend otherwise.

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