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KaZaa suspends downloads

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 17 Jan 2002 13:04

Dutch P2P service provider KaZaa has removed download links to its software from its website. Move comes while KaZaa is still in middle of court fight and negotiations with Dutch record labels and their representative groups. This message was posted on KaZaa's site:
Download of the KaZaA Media Desktop software is temporarily and voluntarily suspended pending Dutch court decision on January 31. We apologise for the inconvenience. Please check back at www.kazaa.com for more information.

KaZaa was sued by music industry in November and Dutch judge ordered KaZaa to shut down in December -- KaZaa continues to operate as usual, but now company just doesn't allow new downloads for its software.

KaZaa is based on FastTrack's P2P technology which is also used by MusicCity's Morpheus and Grokster. FastTrack's technology is server-independent which means that even if courts order all the service providers to shut down, the network will live.

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