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Closing Arguments Made in Kazaa Trial

9:18 pm on Mar 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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CIO Story [cio-today.com]

Kazaa told a court that the file-sharing company should not be liable for copyright infringement perpetrated by users of its network because Kazaa does not control how the software is used after download.

A group of Australian record labels filed suit against Sharman Networks, the makers of Kazaa, as well as the company's directors.

9:56 pm on Mar 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've never used Kazza, and I don't really know how I feel on the subject. It's almost as complicated as drug trafficing. Do you close the highways, and all methods of travel to reduce the risk?

I don't know that shutting down these companies is the answer. But then I don't know of any valid reasons to have a software like Kazza... Are there any legal, valid reasons to own a public p2p client like this?

-- Zak

11:38 am on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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the problem is not that people dont want to buy music anymore. its just that they found a better way of distributing it, obtaining it

i live in a european capital and some of the music i want is not available in the virgin megastore. instead of getting the car, sit in traffic, pay for parking, queu up in an overheated store, order the cd, then do it again to go pick it up two weeks (!) later - i can download it overnight!

and imagine what the situation is for people in eastern europe, living in the country side. ADSL yes, decent record shops, forget it

id happily pay for it but even the best services like iTunes dont offer what im looking for

the big goons need to realise they should embrace this method of distributing music, not fight it

3:13 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wonder if Kazaa will have any more luck in the courts than Napster did all those years ago. Even if Kazaa gets quashed, P2P will pop up somewhere else. The lawyers are just playing whack-a-mole.

My personal arguments for and against P2P sharing in general have been overstated for many years, so let's not get into that argument again ... but suffice to say I really miss the glory days of Napster

5:59 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are there any legal, valid reasons to own a public p2p client like this?

Small free software developers like me distribute software this way.
Also, many students share notes, problems, tests, and many other docs through p2p networks.
Going further, anything that is GNU can be fairy placed on such nets.

Herenvardö, the free-software idealist freak.


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