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07-02-04, 01:40
Australian music industry investigators yesterday raided the premises of Kazaa's parent company, Sharman Networks, and four other Internet businesses, including the offices of Telstra, the nation's chief telco.

Music Industry Privacy Investigations (MIPI) also targeted the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales and Monash University.

The raids came after MIPI was granted a court order permitting it to search for evidence that KaZaA is complicit in the illegal trade of unauthorised copies of songs. The organisation plans to use documents seized in the raids in court proceedings

"Kazaa has built a large international business through encouraging and authorising the illegal copying of music users of its network. It authorises this copying without seeking the licence or permission of the owners and creators of the music, nor does it pay any royalties to either the owners or creators of the music," said MIPI chief Michael Speck, according to a Sydney Morning Herald report.

Sharman Networks described the raid as a "cynical attempt" to "discredit" the company and to "disrupt its business".

"It is a gross misrepresentation of Sharman's business to suggest that the company in any way facilitates or encourages copyright infringement," it said.

In addition to Kazaa, Telstra and the universities, MIPI raided the offices of Akamai, Brilliant Digital Entertainment, NTT Australia and NTT Australia IP.

The raids are part of a six-month investigation, MIPI said, the results of which will be presented before the Federal Court next Tuesday.

MIPI is a subsidiary of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). "ARIA supports the industry's move to stop the illegal behaviour of file sharing networks," said Steven Peach, ARIA's CEO. "The 'free ride' simply can't continue indefinitely at the expense of the owners and creators of the music."

www.theregister.co.uk (http://www.theregister.co.uk)

07-02-04, 02:21
I think that the recent introduction of more legal downloadable media/songs will encourage users not to pirate.

Telstra Bigpond has just launched a huge campaign for its users to be able to download songs, at a reasonable cost, which then goes straight onto the account holders bill.

i feel this is a huge step towards the end of piracy - or limiting it anyway - inevitably there will be people that will still use the services of illegal downloads.

I feel that both the music industry and the internet world community must share the blame for piracy - as the cost of songs and media only increased prior to napster, etc. Musicians and Record compaies may be mad at the introduction of this - but if they were to lower their prices they would find they would still make the same profit because people would be less likely to download the media.

Maybe i should create some software to monitor the worlds downloads and see if it is illegal?... um... gee that would take me a while... lol

07-02-04, 04:45
Nooooooo! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/violent.gif

07-02-04, 04:47
lol AE http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif