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Earlier today, when I asked a smart attorney about the Skype-Streamcast fracas, aka the RICO suit, he said that most civil (RICO) suits are about three things – money, money, and money. Well he was right, and now that Andy has finally gotten hold of the […]

Earlier today, when I asked a smart attorney about the Skype-Streamcast fracas, aka the RICO suit, he said that most civil (RICO) suits are about three things – money, money, and money.

Well he was right, and now that Andy has finally gotten hold of the likely complaint filed by Streamcast Networks against Skype, that seems to be the point. (Ebay is not being sued, just to clarify!)

It reads as much like a Hollywood film treatment that needs to star Paul Newman as the attorney ala his roles in “The Verdict” or “Absence of Malice.”

At the core of the complaint is the FastTrack P2P technology, which went from Kazaa to Sharman and eventually ending up in Skype. StreamCast claims that it had the first dibs on this technology, which they say is part of Skype. Alec Saunders, calls the allegations stunning, and vocalizes the question that has been echoing in my mind: “The whole suit begs the question ‘How much, and how carefully, did EBay do their due diligence?'”

It is too complicated to explain, so why not just read the entire complaint for yourself. You can download the entire complaint documents from here and here. The quality is mediocre at its best, but you can still read it. We will wait for the final word, after the discovery process. It sure be nice to hear what folks from eBay/Skype have to say about all this.

I am going back to watching the Hustle on AMC. Good night all!

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  1. Boy, I never thought there is such an interesting story behind Skype. Read the complaint – it is much better than any Hollywood movie or novel you would imagine:-)

  2. Interesting that NONE of this came up when Skype was not being acquired! Magically all this info comes gushing out when the big $4.1 B figure was revealed!
    Yet again I have difficulty in understanding what Ebay is going to dow with Skype and to add to that is a an acquisition that has more holes then Swiss Cheese.

  3. yup, it all about the money. still, i think it was a hastily done deal and well, now this is going to linger on, and weigh down on the company. lets see how it unfolds.

  4. I read the whole mess. It does look conspicuous the way they created corps in strange places. Appears shady.

    Money, greed, ethics. A look on the dark side. Very ugly.

  5. but it is a lot of fun to read. i am amazed at all the murky stuff that went off but then when you are skrirting the law, as kazaa et.al were, this kind of “gray” activity is expected.

  6. Vijay Krishna Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    It would be of interest to know how much of Fastrack P2P technologies is built into the core of Skype and more so how much of it was developed by the Morpheus team

  7. NewTeeVee » Streamcast seeks injunction against Joost Wednesday, May 23, 2007

    [...] there is money, there is trouble. Streamcast Networks, which in the past has tussled with Skype, eBay, and Skype/Kazaa co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, is seeking an [...]

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