KaZaa Must Filter by December 5

By Jon Newton 11/25/05

Sharman Networks' has 11 days to 'filter' Organized Music product available through its Kazaa p2p application, an Australian court has ruled.

The deadline follows an earlier Australian federal court decision that the software induced users to infringe copyrights.

Today in Sydney, Justice Murray Wilcox, who's been hearing the case since the beginning, said Kazaa must now put into effect a 3,000 word keyword filter system by December 5.

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The words will be "selected by record companies" and will "apply to all new versions of the Kazaa software," says the IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industry), owned by the Big Four Organized Music cartel. "The filter can be updated if necessary on a fortnightly basis to target the latest and most popular music releases nominated by record companies."

However, Kazaa Media Desktop is a "decentralized software application," Lawrence Hadley, an attorney at a Los Angeles law firm representing Sharman, was quoted as saying by the IDG News Service last year.

Sharman had maintained it didn't have direct knowledge of, or control over, file-trading activity on its network.

When Sharman's Sydney, Australia, offices were raided by the Big Four's Australian MIPI ( Music Industry Piracy Investigations), "I think this may answer a lot of questions about what kind of control Kazaa has over their network and what kinds of information Kazaa has been storing about its users," the story had StreamCast Networks ceo Michael Weiss saying. StreamCast owns the Morpheus p2p app.

The MPPI searched the homes of Sharman ceo Nikki Hemming, Brilliant Digital Entertainment ceo and president Kevin Burmeister (Altnet) and Sharman director of technology Phil Morle, as well as Monash University, the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales and four ISPs.

Weiss said the raid could "pull back the covers on what his company has long contended is a centralized file-sharing network, with Sharman wielding control over individual P-to-P software users," according to IDG.


Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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