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Australian Court Rules Against Kazaa

An Australian court has ruled that the managers of P2P software Kazaa—owned by Australian-based Sharman Networks–had authorized users to infringe on music copyrights and directed them to modify the application to reduce the practice. The judge also ordered respondents Sharman Networks, LEF Interactive, Sharman CEO Nicole Hemming, Altnet and Brilliant Digital Entertainment boss Kevin Bermeister to pay 90 percent of the music industry’s court costs.

The judge dismissed the music industry’s claims the Kazaa parties had contravened Australia’s Trade Practices Act and engaged in conspiracy, as well as dismissing as “overstated” the industry’s allegation that Kazaa’s managers were engaged in copyright-infringing behaviour themselves.