The Pot Calls The Kettle Black: Turning the Tables on Online Music Swapping

Sharman Networks, Ltd., owners of the KaZaA peer-to-peer file-sharing network, have sued entertainment companies for copyright infringement. Yep, that’s right, the company that makes it possible to swap bootleg digital music is suing the music companies.

The crux of Sharman’s argument is that the entertainment companies used unauthorized versions of the KaZaA software, called Kazaa Lite to find the users who were illegally swapping tunes. Kazaa Lite doesn’t include the advertisements that help pay for the authorized version of the product. Lawyers for Sharman also say that the music industries efforts to stamp out music piracy violates the terms of usage for the KaZaA network.

Dave’s Opinion
Some people get what they deserve while others make noise just to hide the truth. The recording entertainment industry says swappers violate copyright law, the file swapping network says the recording industry violates copyright law. What a cat fight!

We should all give up our next concert tickets in favor of a seat in this court room … I think this will be a better show.

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2 thoughts on “The Pot Calls The Kettle Black: Turning the Tables on Online Music Swapping

  1. I hate the RIAA, and I want to see them get their butts kicked, but at the same time I don’t have much more respect for Sharman networks. I’m up for popcorn and a few weeks of entertainment off this one. In the end I hope the RIAA loses but I also hope that Kazaa dies and Sharman drops off the face of the earth.

  2. It is about time that Kazaa has stick it to the RIAA. I am sick and tired of the RIAA using gestapo tactics in finding music file swappers. If they really want to get to the heart of it, file swapping will fade away when the cost of music comes down. File Swappers arent the pirates it the music industry

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