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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 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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