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Kazaa Not Responsible for Swapping

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, December 23, 2003
News Categories: Digital Media

“The makers of Kazaa, the world’s most popular computer file-sharing program, cannot be held liable for copyright infringement of music or movies swapped on its free software, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled Friday. [...]

‘This victory sets the precedent about the legality of peer-to-peer technology across the European Union, and around the world,’ Kazaa founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis said in a statement distributed on the Internet. They called the ruling a ‘historic victory for the evolution of the Internet and for consumers.’”

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“Kazaa Not Responsible for Swapping”

Of course they are. People would not share music through Kazaa if it didn’t exist!

Posted by kainjow on December 23, 2003 at 10:31 AM (PDT)


Cars exist, but care makers are not responsible for people speeding.

Posted by skid on December 23, 2003 at 11:18 AM (PDT)


...just like Microsoft isn’t responsible for my spelling.

Posted by skid on December 23, 2003 at 11:19 AM (PDT)


How stupid can you be?...............

I was the last one to leave work for the Holidays and I knowingly left the front door wide open…..................

Hell…...I’m not responsible if someone steals everything, I didn’t take anything myself!

No wonder this world is as F’d up as it is with logic like that!

Posted by Brian Fenner on December 23, 2003 at 11:22 AM (PDT)


Hmm…I wear a bra and undies in dark allies. I can’t be blamed for getting raped! - same thing brian

Posted by someone on December 23, 2003 at 11:31 AM (PDT)


“...music or movies swapped on its free software, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled Friday…”

I think swapping is more accepted in the Dutch culture. That doesn’t fly in the States.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on December 23, 2003 at 11:40 AM (PDT)


Guns don’t kill people.  People kill people.

The moment you stop making people responsible for their actions and start blaming the “enabler” is the moment personal responibility no longer exists.

Somehow I manage to avoid the “enabler” that is KaZaa.  Why can’t others?

Posted by Santa on December 23, 2003 at 12:05 PM (PDT)


Great to hear this.  RIAA is slowly losing

Posted by Amin on December 23, 2003 at 4:03 PM (PDT)


Except that this happened outside of the U.S., so it had absolutely nothing to do with the RIAA in any way.

Posted by Amin is a moron on December 23, 2003 at 4:42 PM (PDT)


yes except the same ruleing was made in the US about a year ago..

Posted by zeve on December 23, 2003 at 7:25 PM (PDT)


Maybe they should outlaw computers, after all, they make it possible to rip mp3’s… oh yeah, and iPod’s, they make you rip those mp3’s to fill them up…

Posted by Fred on December 23, 2003 at 8:20 PM (PDT)


... or worse, they make you swap! It’s too good not to do it! I can’t keep myself from swapping! Heip! - Come on, we are all responsible for what we do ourselves, I don’t Kazaa either, I manage.

Posted by Fred on December 23, 2003 at 8:23 PM (PDT)


Guy, ur so lucky this is online.

Posted by Amin on December 24, 2003 at 7:18 AM (PDT)


For all you goody goodies out there, the softwared doesn’t make people swap.  If Kazaa was not there then it would be a different program, so get over it.  You don’t want to swap then don’t.  I do and will continue to do so.

Posted by phill mcrevis on December 24, 2003 at 9:00 AM (PDT)


In other news….the world is flat, and President Bob Dole told us the sky is purple….

Posted by Angry Black Man on December 24, 2003 at 4:19 PM (PDT)


If Kazaa should be held accountable, then why shouldn’t every car maker be shut down for making something that kills people by the thousands? Do we need to be protected from ourselves like helpless children?

“now kids take out your circle of paper and safety pencils…..”

Posted by sean on December 29, 2003 at 2:30 PM (PDT)



Posted by tron on October 9, 2004 at 11:37 AM (PDT)

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