Kazaa owners facing contempt charges

Australia's music industry association filed a contempt of court motion against Sharman on Thursday.

Executives of Sharman Networks, operator of the Kazaa peer-to-peer file-sharing system, could face jail time after record companies asked the judge presiding over the trial, Justice Murray Wilcox, to find Sharman leaders in contempt of court.

The record companies say Sharman has failed to implement certain filtering technologies as the court ordered by an early-December deadline. The court said it will consider the contempt motion on January 30.

In November, Sharman was ordered by the Federal Court of Australia to install a key-word filter which would have prevented users from accessing files with certain words, including artist names, identified by the record company. Instead, Sharman blocked visitors coming from Australian ISPs (Internet service providers) from downloading its software. It also warned existing customers in Australia not to use its software.

The record companies say that means Sharman has failed to follow the court's order to filter out copyrighted recordings. The companies have filed the contempt proceedings against Sharman Chief Executive Officer Nikki Hemming, Altnet CEO Kevin Bermeister, Sharman Networks, LEF Interactive, Altnet and Brilliant Digital Entertainment.

On January 30, Sharman and the record companies will have the chance to argue the contempt issue in front of a judge. Sharman, in a statement, said that its move to block Australian customers from using Kazaa constitutes compliance with the court order. The company says that the record industry is trying to shut Kazaa down rather than allow the implementation of an effective solution.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?