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Old 1st Dec 2001, 02:40 PM   #1
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Good news for KaZaA!!

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KaZaA Says Can't Comply with Dutch Copyright Ruling
By Lucas van Grinsven

LONDON (Reuters) - A Dutch judge has ruled that Internet company KaZaA must stop its users sharing copyrighted music files, but the company said on Friday it could not comply because, unlike Napster (news - web sites), it does not know who its customers are.

In a court case which has upped the ante for copyright abuse over the Internet, the Dutch judge also said KaZaA and music publishing rights organization Buma/Stemra should resume licensing negotiations within two days.

KaZaA said it cannot prevent users of its software from swapping copyrighted music files, because unlike Napster it is designed to work without a central computer server that tracks the file sharing between its users.

``The computer program has already been distributed. KaZaA can't see what sort of files people are sharing or who its users are. We don't really know what the judge wants KaZaA to do,'' said KaZaA's attorney Christiaan Alberdink Thijm.

He hopes the second part of the verdict, forcing Buma/Stemra to resume talks with KaZaA about a licensing deal, will soon lead to an agreement that will render the main part of the verdict irrelevant.

If KaZaA cannot stop illegal use of its software within 14 days of the signing of the verdict by Buma/Stemra, it will have to pay 100,000 guilders ($40,240) a day with a maximum of two million guilders ($800,480).

``On balance this is a good ruling for rights' holders, confirming that any service that distributes copyrighted music needs to be licensed to do so,'' the music industry's international trade body IFPI said.

KaZaA has built its service with software from Netherlands-based FastTrack. Both companies are founded and run by the same person: 35-year old Swedish-born Niklas Zennstrom.

FastTrack has picked up where Napster left off. Its software has enabled tens of millions of computer users to trade tracks of The Beatles and Britney Spears for free, plus one better: hefty movie files too.
So now, we have a chance of the KaZaA network staying around !
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Old 1st Dec 2001, 02:55 PM   #2
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yay! hooray for Dutch Illegal Music Sharing Programs!

/me goes off to his illegal schemes

muhahahaaaa...
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Old 1st Dec 2001, 03:14 PM   #3
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This is what you call "stickin it to the man"

and even if KaZaA does somehow happen to go down, another one will come up. See, they shut Napster down, and now KaZaA is here, doing not only the same thing Napster was but ALSO sharing movie files too.

Oops. Looks like they made it worse. Oh I am so sad..... NOT
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Old 1st Dec 2001, 03:43 PM   #4
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W00T! Hurrah for KaZaA!

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Old 1st Dec 2001, 11:25 PM   #5
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Old 1st Dec 2001, 11:27 PM   #6
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the network cannot be brought down. its like Gnutella. stupid record companies!
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Old 2nd Dec 2001, 01:04 AM   #7
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Kazza's an amazing program, one which I don't like to admit I use... but who cares, you only live once .
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Old 2nd Dec 2001, 08:21 AM   #8
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good luck with that program it muxxed my OS and internet up twice, i won't touch that thing again anyway
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