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 Kazaa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Kazaa's argument that its decentralized setup frees it from liability was given a boost in 2003, when a U.S. District Court judge ruled that Grokster and Morpheus, two other file-sharing services, were not liable for their users' actions.
Kazaa has often been accused of installing spyware and adware on its users' machines to monitor their movements throughout the Web and to download ads to their computer without their knowledge.
Kazaa's decentralization is one of the main reasons why it has weathered the legal firestorm this long.
www.thebuchmanfamily.com /kazaa.htm   (1224 words)

Kazaa is a prime example of this new offshore P2P phenomenon.
Kazaa argued it should not be bound by U.S. law, because its foreign place of incorporation and headquarters prevented the establishment of substantial contact with California residents.
As previously discussed, Kazaa escaped liability in the Netherlands, because it was deemed not responsible for the potentially illegal use of its software by consumers.
www.law.duke.edu /journals/dltr/articles/2003dltr0008.html   (2656 words)

 Kazaa 2.0 Reviews. Document management Reviews by CNET.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The new Kazaa allows you to download groups of songs as a single item, search the Web from within the program, and includes a new rating feature that keeps you from downloading corrupt files--a move that counters efforts by record companies and movie studios to dilute networks with subpar records.
Downloading Kazaa is simple, but just as you should be cautious when you grab a rare bootleg from a user named Jack the Knife, don't speed through the installation wizard, or you could wind up with trouble.
Kazaa also installs Cydoor, a program that delivers targeted ads, which unfortunately, you'll have to live with.
reviews.cnet.com /Kazaa_2_0/4505-3522_7-20456501.html   (996 words)

 CNN.com - KaZaA temporarily stops file swapping - January 18, 2002
"KaZaA doesn't have the resources to pay that kind of money and we don't know what the ruling will be, so we decided to take the most drastic measure possible, which is to temporarily suspend download of our client," Zennstrom said.
KaZaA feels the November 29 ruling, which it has appealed, is unclear and maintains it can't disable the clients that have already been downloaded.
KaZaA Media Desktop is based on peer-to-peer technology developed by FastTrack, a sibling company to KaZaA also based in Amsterdam.
archives.cnn.com /2002/TECH/internet/01/18/kazaa.halt.idg/index.html   (495 words)

 KaZaa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Thijm is arguing that because KaZaa is in talks with its opponent in the case, Dutch music licensing body Buma/Stemra, it doesn't have to shutdown because it needs to stay open in order to comply with the other order in that case.
KaZaa has repeatedly said it is interested in such an arrangement.
KaZaa is already being sued by the deep-pocketed Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA).
www.mp3newswire.net /stories/2001/kazaa.html   (622 words)

 Kazaa Lite at OldVersion.com
The main difference is that Kazaa Lite has been modified so that it does not have any of the so-called 'Spyware' and 'Adware' that comes with the Original Kazaa.
The authors of Kazaa Lite were concerned about the fact that the Original Kazaa contained unwanted third party software and wanted to be able to use it without that software.
Kazaa Lite is not a different program, it's the same program, just without all the additional software.
www.oldversion.com /program.php?n=kazaalite   (333 words)

 Digital Music News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Kazaa parent company Sharman Networks has moved into the hot seat once again, with Australian labels pushing to put company CEO Nikki Hemming on the stand.
Some Kazaa clones have taken the step of charging consumers for access to an otherwise free application, reporting that the fees are being used to compensate artists.
Kazaa owner Sharman Networks faced another setback in court on Friday, with an Australian Federal Court Judge agreeing to freeze the assets of the company and two top executives involved in the case.
www.digitalmusicnews.com /results?title=Kazaa   (5362 words)

 Kazaa at OldVersion.com
However, once the official Kazaa client became more widespread, its developers used their ability to automatically update it, changing the protocol in February 2002 to shut out Morpheus clients when its developers failed to pay license fees.
In late March 2002, a court of appeal reversed an earlier judgment, and stated that Kazaa was not responsible for the actions of its users.
In September 2003, the RIAA filed suit in civil court against several private individuals who had shared large numbers of files with Kazaa; most of these suits were settled with monetary payments averaging $3,000.
www.oldversion.com /program.php?n=kazaa   (753 words)

 New Kazaa likely to raise labels' ire | CNET News.com
The new software shows clear ambitions on the part of Kazaa parent company Sharman Networks to spread beyond its file-swapping origins, while expanding the utility of basic file-trading functions.
The Kazaa application has been downloaded more than 120 million times in the past year, making it one of the most popular pieces of software in the Net's history--even accounting for the multiple times that many people have downloaded the program.
Kazaa's new software allows people to rate files so that corrupt or false files will quickly collect ratings poor enough to warn people away from downloading them.
news.com.com /2100-1023-958912.html   (593 words)

 StopBadware.org Report
We find that Kazaa is badware because it misleadingly advertises itself as spywarefree, does not completely remove all components during the uninstall process, interferes with computer use, and makes undisclosed modifications to other software.
The bundling of these applications and the addition of these toolbars is disclosed to the user during the installation process, and the user has the option of proceeding with the installation or canceling it.
The bundling of this application is disclosed to the user during the installation process, and the user has the option of proceeding with the installation or canceling it.
stopbadware.org /reports/reportdisplay?reportname=kazaa   (684 words)

 Urban Dictionary: Kazaa
Kazaa is in legal battles, and to financially support these has resorted to flooding your pc with ads and all sorts of junk.
Kazaa doesn't magically know your browsing habits- there is a program hidden in the file structure that spies on you while you are online.....
Kazaa is a joke of a program, and I will throw a party when it dies in the courts.
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=Kazaa   (754 words)

 Kazaa ordered to clamp down on 'rip-offs' - Breaking - Technology
Kazaa's owners would have to apply "maximum pressure" on existing users to upgrade their software to the new, filtered version.
At the beginning of 2004, the Kazaa website said over 317 million people, worldwide, had downloaded Kazaa onto their computers, thereby enabling them to share files.
They said Kazaa's legal uses included trading of authorised songs, videos and even recipes, and the website contained clear warnings that users were not authorised to infringe copyright.
theage.com.au /news/breaking/kazaa-ordered-to-clamp-down/2005/09/05/1125772455786.html   (460 words)

 BBC NEWS | Technology | Kazaa's own copyright in dispute
The popular file-sharing service Kazaa is being sued by a Romanian national who claims to have written the source code for the program.
Mr Toader claims he never signed a contract with Kazaa and, under US copyright laws, he is therefore the owner of the program.
Sharman is no stranger to lawsuits as Kazaa continues to court controversy.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/low/technology/3519464.stm   (448 words)

 What is Kazaa? - a definition from Whatis.com - see also: KMD, Kazaa Media Desktop
Kazaa is described as "a proactive, virtual, global technology and publishing company, focused on delivering peer-to-peer software." Sharman Networks maintains that peer-to-peer file sharing has legitimate applications and that the technology should not be prohibited simply because some people might misuse it to exchange copyrighted materials.
Kazaa has been criticized in its effort to go mainstream, mainly because it includes advertising software (adware) in the installation.
Network administrators tend to discourage the use of Kazaa, because in addition to Kazaa users taking up valuable network resources, several damaging viruses and worms have been distributed from within its interface.
searchnetworking.techtarget.com /sDefinition/0,,sid7_gci895243,00.html   (420 words)

 Wired News: Kazaa Lite: No Spyware Aftertaste
Kazaa users, angered by the network's inclusion of secretly embedded spyware, can now connect to the peer-to-peer network using a hacked version of the application called Kazaa Lite.
Kazaa Lite is a software client that provides access to the same FastTrack network as the peer-to-peer program, Kazaa Media Desktop, but does not require users to install any third-party software or view any banner ads.
Kazaa had been removed from the site on April 4, after CNet determined that its failure to more clearly disclose the third-party software bundled with Kazaa constituted a violation of the site's terms of service.
www.wired.com /news/mp3/0,1285,51916,00.html   (834 words)

 USATODAY.com - Court: Kazaa not responsible for swapping   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Kazaa's Media Desktop software is one of a variety of file swapping programs used by tens of millions of people worldwide.
Kazaa said the ruling, the first by a national court dealing with the legality of file-sharing Web sites, affirms not just the legality of its software, but all file-sharing programs.
The IFPI said the ruling is based on a "one-sided presentation of the facts" by Kazaa.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/techpolicy/2003-12-19-kazaa-dutch_x.htm   (631 words)

 KaZaa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Unfortunately, KaZaa and new Australian owners Sharman Networks are achieving a nice cash flow with all this deceit and that only instigates others to do the same.
Bearshare and Limewire also stick spyware in their code and as KaZaa pulls in profits they are watching, trying to decide if they should aggressively follow Sharman's lead or wait to first see what repercussions will come from this.
KaZaa did rank number four under the "Most Talked About" rankings, but the link on the KaZaa page to download the program had been disabled.
www.mp3newswire.net /stories/2002/kazaaremoved.html   (415 words)

 Does Kazaa matter? | Tech News on ZDNet
The owners of the popular Kazaa file-swapping software have withstood assaults from the record industry for years, but now they're facing a new enemy that may be even harder to fight: competition.
Having traded billions of files over Kazaa, file swappers are trading in the popular peer-to-peer client for a new generation of software, throwing a monkey wrench into Sharman's plans to turn its network into a legal and profitable media distribution channel.
Many of Kazaa's most avid users are students at universities who go home or otherwise lose their fast Net connections during winter and summer breaks but return when school restarts.
news.zdnet.com /2100-3513_22-5253431.html   (1503 words)

 USATODAY.com - Kazaa to pay $100 million to settle copyright lawsuits   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Kazaa, based in Australia and owned by Sharman Networks, also will switch to selling downloads, although its old swapping software was still available Thursday on its site.
"Kazaa was the big guy on the block, and everybody's heard of it," says Recording Industry Association of America CEO Mitch Bainwol.
While the media companies hailed the Kazaa settlement, BigChampagne CEO Eric Garland says the bottom line hasn't changed: Even if the file-sharing companies disappear or change business practices, the software continues to reside on millions of computers, and more people today use file-sharing programs than ever, he says.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/2006-07-27-kazaa_x.htm?csp=34   (492 words)

 HP Labs : News : Archives : Researchers Find Security Hole in KaZaA Multimedia File-Sharing Service   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
A flaw in the user interface of KaZaA, the popular Internet multimedia file-sharing service, poses a serious threat to user privacy, according to a recent study published by a researcher at HP Labs.
Although the researchers conducted their study on Kazaa, the largest peer-to-peer network with millions of users, they said the potential for privacy lapses extends to other P2P programs.
He assumed that Kazaa would quickly correct the problem, but when he checked back a few months later, he found it had only worsened.
www.hpl.hp.com /news/2002/apr-jun/kazaa.html   (797 words)

 ITworld.com - Study: Kazaa users unwittingly share private files
Users of the Kazaa peer-to-peer (P-to-P) file sharing network are unwittingly trading private files due to the confusing and somewhat misleading nature of the software's user interface, a new report indicates.
Kazaa, which boasts millions of users performing more than 85 million downloads a day, is one of the most popular P-to-P applications available.
But although users are well aware of its song and movie-swapping capabilities, a significant number of them don't realize that all the files on their computers are potentially up for grabs, according to the report.
www.itworld.com /Net/4087/020607kazaa   (679 words)

 Allied's Review - Kazaa - FSP Forums
In November 2001 KaZaA was taken to court by the Dutch Music Association Buma.
Kazaa is bundled with Altnet Peer Points Manager, InstaGinderK, Need2Find Bar, RX Bar and P2P Networking (don't let the name fool you, its adware).
Kazaa has had its 15 minutes of fame, its fall from grace and is now facing its conclusion: Don't waste your time with it.
filesharingplace.com /forums/index.php?showtopic=6279   (998 words)

 Slyck's Guide to FastTrack - Intro
As well as Kazaa there are 2 other clients that are officially sanctioned to connect to the network.
KaZaA was the only FastTrack client that had limited the bitrate of songs being traded on the network, but the practice that was once common of the clients has left it's mark.
Kazaa and Grokster are the only versions officially sanctioned by Sharman.
www.slyck.com /ft.php?page=3   (958 words)

 KaZaA : Download KaZaA
KaZaA is a media community, where the community members can share their media files with each other.
Kazaa's interface is now available in French, German, and Spanish in addition to English.
When files are imported to KaZaA, a variety of Meta Data - information about the content of the file - is automatically extracted which greatly increases the search possibilities and accuracy.
www.agentland.com /Download/Intelligent_Agent/434.html   (231 words)

KaZaA's distributed network is "self-organizing" and features the ability to automatically transform more powerful clients into "SuperNodes" able to broker the search query requests of the weaker nodes on-demand.
The service is currently free, but KaZaA anticipates a small fee in the future in light of the lawsuits against Napster and Scour.
KaZaA's core technology is based on KaZaAlib, a platform independent C++ library comprised of 59 functions.
www.oreillynet.com /pub/d/426   (173 words)

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