Kazaa gains legitimacy
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Mon Sep 23 09:16:57 MDT 2002
NY Times, Sept. 23, 2002
Music-Swapping Service Gains Stature in New Deal
By MATT RICHTEL
The operator of the KaZaA music-swapping service plans to announce a
partnership today with one of Europe's major Internet access providers in a
deal that underscores their mutual benefit from a method of exchanging
songs that has raised the ire of record companies worldwide.
Under the deal, KaZaA's owner, Sharman Networks Ltd., will advertise
high-speed Internet access provided by Tiscali, an Italian Internet
provider, to its tens of millions of European users. In return Tiscali,
which serves around seven million customers in 15 countries, will pay
Sharman a "bounty" for each KaZaA user who signs up for its high-speed
The deal, the first of its kind, appears to give KaZaA a new ally in the
fierce legal and policy debate that has pitted the record companies against
KaZaA and similar services, including their renowned but now dead
predecessor, Napster. The record companies have accused the services of
abetting the illegal free exchange of billions of music files, and, in
turn, of causing a decline in record sales.
"Prior to this, you could characterize KaZaA as a beleaguered company on
the outskirts," said Mark F. Radcliffe, an intellectual property laywer in
Palo Alto, Calif. "This gives legitimacy to KaZaA."
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