RIAA Defendant Files Lawsuit on Kazaa Owner
December 9, 2006 9:54 AM
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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.
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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RE: does this make sense?
12/10/2006 3:15:28 PM
What makes sense is that if I had just had to pay out $75,000 I sure as heck would be looking to shuffle around some of the blame any way I could to recoup some of that! Right or wrong, responsible or not, if I thought I could potentially come out ahead from a loss like that I would more than likely do the same thing.
And, if you don't feel bad for the pirates and you think they're getting what they deserve, then why would you feel bad for Kazaa getting dragged into this? They brought piracy to the masses in a way only rivaled by Napster. Personally, I think they set themselves up for at least this much.
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