A legal fight that has pitted file-swapping software companies Kazaa BV and Stream Cast Networks against big record labels and movie studios is collapsing as the small companies run out of funds.Netherlands-based Kazaa BV, which created the file-swapping technology underlying Kazaa, Grokster and earlier versions of Morpheus, is conceding defeat--although its founders already appear to have started another near-identical company.Surrounded by rippling beds of pink-tinged water lilies, the lodge lies protectively beneath the branches of a 700 year-old Baobab tree under which, it is said, David Livingstone camped.Here lies promise of excitement by day; tranquility by night. Children sharing with their parents, pay 50% of the adult sharing rate.The room can accommodate, a maximum of one child, sharing with parents, per room. – 60 km by road to Ngoma Immigration then through Chobe National Park in Botswana to Kasane Immigration from where it is a 45 minute boat ride on the Chobe / Kasai and Zambezi rivers via Impalila Island Immigration 8 river-facing wood and thatched chalets, which can be either double or twin bedded.Each Chalet features: – A wooden deck with a river view – En-suite bathroom with toilet, shower and hand basin – Ceiling fans, gauze screen doors and mosquito netting – Small safe – 220 volt AC electricity is supplied by generator, with standard South African three-point plugs in each chalet – Daily laundry service is complimentary 2 Guide rooms (not the same standard as a guest unit) Thatched main complex consists of an elevated deck built around an ancient baobab Dining area with individual tables Lounge and bar area Infinity swimming pool and fire pit Small reference library Curio shop Free Wi.Kazaa was originally developed as a P2P client using the Fast Track protocol and was released in 2001 by Dutch company Consumer Empowerment.
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But it appears the second generation of high-profile peer-to-peer companies may be going the way of Napster, crushed by litigation too expensive for start-ups to fight.
"The case is in jeopardy of collapsing simply from the financial attrition of the defendants before a decision on the merits can be reached," Stream Cast's attorneys wrote in a legal brief filed with the court Friday.
I was reading something on the Interweb about the amount of personal information that people inadvertently put on-line.
So I searched Kazaa for documents called “letter” that people were, I assume, accidentally sharing with the 3,150,000 users on-line today.