Sharman Networks Use Weedshare In Australian Court Case To Establish Legitimate Use Of Kazaa
Ozmusicweed, the first Australian Weedshare site, has this week been involved in the currently unfolding court case in Sydney involving Sharman Networks, providers of the Kazaa software against Universal Music PTY LTD. The major labels are trying to implicate Sharman in the world's biggest copyright case to date. Kazaa, which holds the title of the world's most downloaded program, is a P2P program used to share files between users, and is notorious for being used to trade illegal copyright infringing files.
Sharman have been trying to establish that Kazaa can be used for legitimate purposes such as sharing Weed files. Today in court, affidavits from Todd Macalpine of Ozmusicweed and John Leighton Beezer from the Weedshare parent company SML, along with 10 other affidavits, were rejected as evidence by Judge Murray Wilcox.
A representative from Sharman's PR agency said: "The judge agreed there were significant non-infringing users of p2p technology, and there was no need to hear our affidavits putting all that together." This is good news for Sharman Networks as they have successfully established that Kazaa can be used for legitimate purposes.
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