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Telstra upsets Big Music
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2004-02-16
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"In addition to the strained relations caused by Telstra joining peer-to-peer company Sharman Networks in opposing the Anton Pillar orders that allowed representatives of the music industry to search for and seize evidence relating to alleged copyright infringement last week, the record labels are also believed to be displeased over Telstra's decision to advertise its recently launched music download site on the Kazaa site."

So says a ZNet Australia story here on another aspect of the Big Music -v- Kazaa saga.

"Believed to be displeased," eh? Can't have that.

Telstra is billed as Australia's leading telecommunications and information services company and, "The music industry isn't pleased because they saw the ad that Telstra had on the Kazaa site," ZDNet quotes music industry analyst Phil Tripp as saying

"It's not exactly a good thing for a telco that's trying to legitimately deliver songs to consumers to be advertising at the house of the devil, so to speak."

And anyway, "The only reason that telcos want to be in the music business is that they want to make sure the big, fat download pipe they've put together is used, and where they're charging consumers a large amount of money for every extra megabyte, of course they want to have consumers downloading video and audio," added Tripp.

"They want to get people in the addictive habit of getting their music instantly."


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