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Founders of Morpheus sue Skype and Joost over P2P technology

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 May 2007 9:31 User comments (5)

Founders of Morpheus sue Skype and Joost over P2P technology StreamCast Networks Inc., the firm behind the P2P client Morpheus has filed a lawsuit against Skype and Joost in a dispute over technology that makes it "easier to place Internet phone calls and watch videos on the Web."
The lawsuit states that Morpheus had "the right of first refusal" when the founders of Kazaa, (also the founders of Joost) sold the failing company and transferred its P2P technology FastTrack to another firm.

The founders used the technology to create Skype a few years back, and the company was bought by eBay in 2005 for $2.6 billion USD.

"But for this act that happened some years ago, we would be Skype,"
said Daniel Woods, an attorney for Morpheus.

Lawyers for Joost said the legal claims have no merit and should be thrown out.

The lawsuit also claims that after the sale of Kazaa, the FastTrack technology was disabled, which forced Morpheus users to move away from the Morpheus client. Morpheus was then forced to develop and implement alternate technology, the lawsuit claims.

StreamCast is hoping to receive money from the sale of Skype to eBay as well as an injunction barring the FastTrack technology from use on Joost.

Source:
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5 user comments

125.5.2007 10:34

Quote:
Morpheus has filed a lawsuit against Skype and Joost in a dispute over technology that makes it "easier to place Internet phone calls and watch videos on the Web."
This is ridiculous. Suing someone because they are improving technology is going backwards! If they don't like it here where technology is being pushed forward, then they should move to Africa! I hate companies that are filing lawsuits only to obtain money for themselves. This really makes me not want to have anything to do with Morpheus anymore!
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 25 May 2007 @ 10:35

225.5.2007 14:02

so in lamens, wtf is going on here?

325.5.2007 18:16

Originally posted by Hopium:
so in lamens, wtf is going on here?
All i understand from this article is that Morpheus is suing Joost and Skype because they are using similar technology that they were using a few years ago. Thats all im getting from this article.

425.5.2007 20:57

yeah i'm still kinda cluyeless but i drank alot tongiht hopefully maybe hey will rteword this os us n00bs can understand
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518.6.2007 16:59

This is the wave of the future. Create something. Patent it. Tell Nobody. Wait ten years. Sue. Get rich.

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