Hail to the thief: A tribute to Kazaa

Rimmer, Matthew (2005) Hail to the thief: A tribute to Kazaa. University of Ottawa Law & Technology Journal, 2(1), pp. 173-218.

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This paper considers the ongoing litigation against the peer to peer network Kazaa. Record companies and Hollywood studios have faced jurisdictional and legal problems in suing this network for copyright infringement. As Wired Magazine observes: ’The servers are in Denmark. The software is in Estonia. The domain is registered Down Under, the corporation on a tiny island in the South Pacific. The users - 60 million of them - are everywhere around the world.' In frustration, copyright owners have launched copyright actions against intermediaries - like Internet Service Providers such as Verizon. They have also embarked on filing suits of individual users of file-sharing programs. In addition, copyright owners have called for domestic and international law reform in respect of digital copyright. The Senate Committee on Government Affairs in the United States Congress has reviewed the controversial use of subpoenas in suits against users of file-sharing peer to peer networks. The United States has encouraged other countries to adopt provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998 (US) in bilateral and regional free trade agreements.

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ID Code: 85376
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, Copyright law, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Earth Station 5, Fair Use, Grokster, Internet Jurisdiction, internet service provider liability, Kazaa, Peer-to-Peer Networks, Streamcast, Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Group
ISSN: 1715-006X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2015 01:44
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 01:26

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