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October 12, 2009 by

Kazaa witness takes iiTrial stand

Nigel Carson, a computer forensics investigator and a key witness in the 2004 Kazaa case, was called to the witness box today by iiNet's legal team to answer questions on whether an IP address was enough to identify a movie pirate.

August 1, 2006 by

Former Kazaa investigator joins old enemy

update Former music piracy investigator Michael Speck, who spearheaded the record companies' long-running campaign to shutdown Kazaa, has joined the peer-to-peer network's business partner, Altnet. Speck was the public face of the Australian recording industry's long court battle against the popular file-sharing software, which saw the Federal Court rule owner Sharman Networks and Altnet authorised users to infringe music industry copyright.

December 6, 2005 by

destra backs Kazaa shutdown

An Australian legal music download company partnered with major record labels has backed the blocking of Kazaa to new Australian users as a sign piracy will no longer be tolerated by authorities here.

September 6, 2005 by

Kazaa appeal likely in 2006

Any appeal by key players associated with the Kazaa file-sharing software will only be heard in February or March next year. In a landmark anti-piracy judgement, the Federal Court found Sharman Networks, and associated individuals and companies had facilitated users' copyright infringement via Kazaa.

September 5, 2005 by

Music industry claims Kazaa win

February 2004: The music industry piracy investigations unit conducts raids on Sharman Networks, associated company Altnet, the homes of executives of both companies, a number of Internet service providers and Universities looking for evidence that can be used in litigation over the peer-to-peer software Kazaa.

May 19, 2005 by

'New' BitTorrent forces anti-piracy regroup

update Illegal movie and software downloaders could have an edge over anti-piracy operatives thanks to a new feature in the BitTorrent file-sharing software.BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen has eliminated the need for Web site hosting of centralised servers known as 'trackers' in the latest beta version of the peer-to-peer software.

January 20, 2005 by

Music industry download report sparks debate

The music industry piracy investigations unit has blasted the Kazaa software after the release of the 2005 digital music report from International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).The unit's comments come after IFPI's report said the number of infringing music files on the Internet had dropped relatively slightly -- from 900 million in January 2004 to 870 million in January 2005 -- despite a sharp rise in individuals' access to broadband Internet services.

January 12, 2005 by

Red Cross denies Kazaa trust link

The Red Cross has denied being the beneficiary of a Vanuatu-based trust fund run by the operators of the peer-to-peer software Kazaa, according to the music industry's piracy investigations unit.The move came after Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) chief Michael Speck said the unit was seeking to freeze trust fund monies donated to the Red Cross by Kazaa's owners -- and was willing to sue the Red Cross to stop them from disposing of those funds.

December 1, 2004 by

Witnesses tackle Kazaa filtering claims

Overriding severe objections from Sharman Networks' counsel, Federal Court Justice Murray Wilcox allowed an anti-piracy services provider based in New York to give evidence at the civil trial against owners of the peer-to-peer software Kazaa.Tom Mizzone, vice president of data services at MediaSentry, told the Federal Court today that his company was able to identify Australian users of the peer to peer Kazaa software by tracking the IP address.

September 19, 2004 by

Top 100 songs named in Sharman court battle

Universal Music Australia has revealed the top 100 songs that it will focus on in proceedings against peer-to-peer software distributor Sharman Networks in one of the biggest music copyright infringement cases the Australian music industry has experienced. The top 100 songs revealed by the Universal and affiliated record label parties' lawyer, senior counsel John Nicolas, included the ironically titled international hits "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy, and "No Need to Argue" by the Cranberries.

March 31, 2004 by

Sharman fails to deliver evidence: MIPI

Sharman Networks, owner and distributor of the file sharing program Kazaa, has failed to meet the deadline set by the Australian Federal Court to produce documents related to its music copyright infringement charges.

February 23, 2004 by

AU music industry actions disrupt US court proceedings

The recent raids on file-sharing companies, their executives and Internet providers by Australian record labels were so disruptive they caused the deferral of the court case of their US parent companies, according to Sharman's defence lawyer in the US.

February 15, 2004 by

Music industry raids on us will stop: Telstra

Telstra claims to have reached an agreement with the music industry on protocols for sharing information that will prevent industry officials from conducting legal but unheralded raids on its premises. Tensions between the telecommunications company and the music industry rose last week over the actions of Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) in obtaining an Anton Pillar order to search Telstra's George St premises in Sydney.

February 10, 2004 by

Telstra attacks music industry raids

The music industry's piracy investigations unit is in danger of losing one of the legal tools it relies on to gather evidence of copyright infringement, as Telstra joined Sharman Networks in attempting to have the Anton Pillar orders used in raids on company premises and individuals on Friday overturned.

February 9, 2004 by

Sharman to challenge court order

Lawyers representing Sharman Networks today informed the Federal Court of Australia they intended to challenge the validity of the court orders which resulted in raids on several premises last week.


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