We reported a couple of weeks ago that Kazaa had been given a deadline to start filtering copyrighted material or shut down completely by an Australian court. It was expected that a filter of about 3,000 words would be added to the P2P client, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Instead it appears that Kazaa is going to be refusing service to Australian users and everything will continue as normal around the rest of the world. Here's a message on Kazaa.com to Australians...
Attention Users in Australia:
To comply with order of the Federal Court of Australia, pending an appeal in February 2006, use of the Kazaa Media Desktop is not permitted by persons in Australia. If you are in Australia, you must not download or use the Kazaa Media Desktop.
Along with that, a lot of Australian users are reporting problems trying to connect to the FastTrack network with their current Kazaa installations. Any visit to Kazaa.com with a ".au" IP Address also redirects to a completely different page which you can see by clicking here. So will Sharman Networks be able to avoid filtering by blocking its service from Australian users?