Kazaa gains legitimacy

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Sep 23 09:16:57 MDT 2002

NY Times, Sept. 23, 2002

Music-Swapping Service Gains Stature in New Deal

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 
access service.

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."

Full: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/23/technology/23TUNE.html

Louis Proyect

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