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A person sued by the RIAA is in turn suing Kazaa on a number of claims

Catherine Lewan, a former Kazaa user who was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) during the organization's attempt to crack down on file sharing, has filed a class-action lawsuit against Sharman Networks, the company which created the Kazaa file sharing program.  Due to fraudulent misrepresentation and deceptive trade practices, Sharman is responsible for all copyright violations that are made by Kazaa users.  Lewan is alleging that Sharman led users to believe that Kazaa allows for free and legal downloads through Kazaa.

Lewan's lawsuit also accuses Sharman of creating its software in a manner that has forces "Kazaa software to install... spyware... for nefarious purposes," without the knowledge or consent of the program's users.

Lewan reportedly paid Sony BMG damages of more than $75,000 to resolve the litigation.  Although Lewan  is the first to specifically name Kazaa, it is likely that she won't be the last to do so.

Last July, Sharman Networks paid more than $115 million to settle litigation which was filed against the company by the RIAA, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the International Federaion of the Phonographic Industry.

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By Beenthere on 12/9/2006 11:57:52 PM , Rating: -1
Every single Pirate knew they were in violation of copyright law and now they will pay.

Let the whinning begin.

By ajfink on 12/10/2006 1:30:49 AM , Rating: 4
I went back over your older posts, and I now realize why your poster rating is so low. You never say anything constructive and always tear people down.

By hondaman on 12/10/2006 6:57:39 AM , Rating: 2
lol! Nice find on this guys history. Clearly a lifer troll.

By mindless1 on 12/11/2006 4:54:52 AM , Rating: 3
That might be true, but it doesn't account for low ratings in general, which can come from a variety of causes like certain special interest groups that just lurk around derating things that don't reflect well on their company.

In other words, you can post a non-personal, entirely truthful, factual thing and have it be entirely applicable to the topic and yet get downrated. Dailytech does not have a normal rating system where the post quality matters so much as it does on many other forums with rating systems.

By frobizzle on 12/10/2006 9:30:27 AM , Rating: 1
I normally don't post on grammer or spelling but since this guy is a maximum troll, I have to ask:

Let the whinning begin.

Is he trying to say winning or whining ?

Or perhaps he means that folks should start whinnying like a horse?

By darkfoon on 12/10/2006 8:15:17 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not defending BeenThere, however before you call out other people on their poor use of the English language, you might want to check yourself first.

That being said, it's spelled grammar, not grammer.

By Montrevux on 12/10/2006 9:22:45 PM , Rating: 2

By cochy on 12/11/2006 12:41:56 AM , Rating: 2
lol you can say that again.

By MoonSad on 12/10/2006 3:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with this post 100%.
Someone else said something to the effect, that if a robber gets caught should he then sue the place he robbed? No, common sense says if you didn't purchase the CD, or mp3 (or equivalent) file (or any other item, TV, car etc), you are in possession of illegal material, thus you are responsible for your own actions. If you don't read the "agreements" then that's your own fault. Personal responsibility in this country and world has gone down the tubes!

By XtremeM3 on 12/11/2006 7:33:04 AM , Rating: 2
I agree as well. Although I believe a more accurate alternative scenario would be a car thief trying to sue the makers of Slim Jims because he got caught stealing cars.

Silly either way.


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