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Kazaa case opens with summary arguments

"Just like Napster, but making more money..."
Mon Dec 02 2002, 11:57
THE CASE AGAINST KAZAA and other music and movie file-sharing services kicks off in Los Angeles today, with the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Music Publishers' Association lining up against Kazaa, Grokster and Morpheus MusicCity, (Streamcast).

District Court Judge Stephen Wilson will hear summary judgment arguments against the file sharers in the case which was first filed in October 2001.

Reuters says prosecutors will argue the trio are no better than Napster, the peer-to-peer system forced into backtupcy by music companies who argued the company promoted piracy. The remnants of Napster were flogged off to CD-copying company Roxio last Friday.

According to Reuters, lawyers for Kazaa and Morpheus say they aren't like Napster because they dont have the ability to monitor user activity.

According to the plaintiffs, the services are just like Napster except that they earn more money.

The trial is expected to rumble on for some while. µ


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