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KaZaA's new owner gets sued as well

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 09 Jul 2002 14:14 User comments (3)

Recording and movie industry asked U.S. court to allow adding KaZaA's current owner, Vanuatu-based Sharman Networks, to the lawsuit that they're taking against other FastTrack companies. Judge granted the permission yesterday.
RIAA and MPAA sued three companies who used to run FastTrack-based P2P network back in October, 2001. Original lawsuit, filed in the U.S., is against American StreamCast Networks, Carribbean-based Grokster and Dutch KaZaA BV. Since then, KaZaA BV has sold its assets to Sharman Networks and ceased its operations and StreamCast Networks has, after a huge fuss, changed from using the FastTrack technology to open Gnutella P2P network.

Obviously, it is hard to understand how American court could rule against foreign companies who don't operate in U.S. soil, but if the companies are willing to defend themselves in the court, it can easily drain their financial resources.

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3 user comments

19.7.2002 23:29

In light of past successes, it's not too difficult to envision American Giants MPAA and/or RIAA being able to shut down sharing systems overseas. They did it with streaming operations. (Film88) I guess they call it, "co-operation between governments". Especially if the foreign country involved is an international arm (member) of the MPA. -- K.A. --

210.7.2002 2:27

I think that was different -- MPA asked local authorities and ISPs to shut down the service rather than dragging their **ses to court in U.S. I would agree totally for RIAA/MPAA or their local counterparts dragging these companies to court in their local courts, but taking them to court in some (in this case even hostile :-) country, is kinda insane. I'm still waiting the day when North Korea sues New York Times _in North Korea_ for distributing capitalist propaganda and tries to shut down their newspaper & website. Same thing.

Petteri Pyyny (pyyny@twitter)

313.8.2002 13:42


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