Kazaa has been branded the world’s biggest “copyright piracy engine” by five record labels which launched a legal case against Sharman Networks, the company behind the internet file-swapping website.
At a hearing before Australia’s Federal Court in Sydney into alleged copyright violations, lawyers for record labels including EMI, Sony BMG and Warner told the court that Kazaa was responsible for three billion music downloads a month and the cornerstone of its popularity was unlicensed sharing of music files.
“The Kazaa system is an engine of copyright piracy to a degree of magnitude never before seen,” Tony Bannon, the labels’ lawyer, said.
The conventional music industry has led a worldwide drive against illegal downloading, aligning its own fate with the defeat of unlicensed sites where music is available for free. Last week, the world