Copyright Industries: Don't Squeeze the Sharman!
by Gordon Mohr
Related link: http://news.com.com/2100-1023-819619.html
The Kazaa/FastTrack crew has sold the Kazaa web site, software, and other assets to a private Australian company, Sharman Networks [NEWS.com]. What will this mean for the future of the Kazaa Service and the legal actions proceeding against it?
- Downloads of the Kazaa software, halted a few days ago pending legal action, have been resumed. Is Sharman more confident of their legal defense than the previous owners of Kazaa?
- FastTrack apparently continues as an independent technology house -- as the sale is reported to include a license to use the FastTrack core, rather than the core intellectual property itself. However, the FastTrack site has less info than ever before, and even background-info pages at old URLs have been removed.
- Could perhaps the corporate ownership of the Kazaa network be constantly rotated
across jurisdictions, always one step ahead of the sheriff? Can we expect a future news story: "Sharman Networks Limited today said it had sold
the KaZaA assets to privately-held Mauritius-based Cottonelle Systems.
The move comes just weeks after copyright industries filed suit in
Australian courts against Sharman."
Hey RIAA and MPAA, don't squeeze the Sharman!
How do you expect this latest development to affect Kazaa and the pending lawsuits of the copyright industries?