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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.

August 1, 2006 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.

December 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 6, 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.

September 5, 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 20, 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.

January 12, 2005 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.

December 1, 2004 by

Kazaa shrugs off court order

HILVERSUM, Netherlands--Nearly a week after a court-ordered deadline to institute anti-piracy controls, the operator of Kazaa, a popular file-swapping network, is continuing to negotiate with copyright holders over its fate. In a decision last month, Judge Orobio de Castro told the network to block customers from trading illegal files by Dec.

December 19, 2001 by

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