p2pnet.net News:- “While ‘piracy’ (ARIA’s generic term for all copyright infringement) is a serious problem, will shutting down Kazaa solve it all? Hardly.”
Kazaa is at the same time the best-known and, by virtue of its unasked for and unwanted adware (to put it kindly), most despised of all p2p applications. Owner Sharman Networks has been trying for years to persuade the entertainment industry that Kazaa and applications from associated companies such as Altnet would make great bed-fellows.
However, the major studios and the record label cartel want nothing to do with it or Kazaa and Sharman is currently being sued by cartel components in Australia because, it says through its ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association), Kazaa lets people illegally download music.
The quote in the intro is from a Canberra Times story written by none other than Alex Malik, a former ARIA in-house lawyer and ex-senior legal officer at the Australian Communications Authority, Canberra.
Whatever happens to Sharman/Kazaa/Altnet, file sharers will still use, “BitTorrent, MP3 websites, music ‘forums’ and hubs (ask your kids!)” for “free” music, and they’ll probably keep buying CDs like everyone else, he says going on:
“According to the Undercover website, in the week ending December 13, a record-breaking 244,759 Top 10 CDs were sold across Australia. Does this sound like an industry in crisis?”
At the moment, the parties are on their summer break until the case resumes for closing arguments on March 22, 2005, says Malik, adding:
“It will be a hot, restless summer for many of the participants. Even if ARIA succeeds in these proceedings, Internet-based piracy will not be stamped out. If Altnet and Sharman succeed, they will still not have the license agreements in place which would allow them to sell digital downloads.
“So far, the only winners in this case appear to be the lawyers charging in six-minute increments.”
Alex Malik – Thank you for the music – everyone can be a winner in ARIA vs Kazaa, Canberra Times, 28 December 2004