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Shock threat to shut Skype

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http://www.smh.com.au/technology/biz-tech/...90731-e3qe.html

eBay says it may have to shut down Skype due to a licensing dispute with the founders of the internet telephony service.

The surprise admission puts a cloud over the 40 million active daily users around the world who use Skype for business or to keep in touch with friends and far-flung relatives.

A recent study by market researcher TeleGeography found Skype carried about 8 per cent of all international voice traffic, making it the world

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Joltid should now sell the communication technology to eBay at a hefty premium, and make even more money.

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Sounds to me like Joltid ran a scam there. Under what terms were they able to terminate the licensing agreement? Surely eBay had a contract with them?

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pwned

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This is great news! eBay really deserve whatever they get for constantly raising their fees. It's not like they're short of money. :crazy:

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This is great news! eBay really deserve whatever they get for constantly raising their fees. It's not like they're short of money. :crazy:

It's not like they're a business out to make money or anything like that. /sarcasm

The only way to tell a company that their prices are too high is to stop buying their products. As long as you continue to pay those high fees, they'll continue charging them.

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That would rather suck. I'm quite fond of Skype.

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damn it.

guess nomore cheap/free calls to the US/UK :(

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That would rather suck. I'm quite fond of Skype.

You could always start an Opensource Version of this and have it fully free im sure RMS would love to help out :)

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Well quite, if Skype wasn't closed source, you don't get issues regarding licensing happening. Hopefully if eBay decide to re-release Skype without the licensed part, they decide to open-source Skype to protect it in the future.

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I just did sign up for Skype this past month. Would hate to see it shut down since I use it for when I don't have a phone near me.

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We replaced our phone home years ago with Skype, wouldn't like it to shut down...

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Why would anyone agree to pay 2.6bn bux and not own all of the code?!

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There are two alternatives to Skype, one being Gizmo5, and the other one being VoxOx. To me, VoxOx is the better of the two alternatives, but that is just my opinion.

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Crickey! Skype shutdown would be a major problem for me and my contacts...

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Crickey! Skype shutdown would be a major problem for me and my contacts...

See the post above yours, there are two alternatives, Gizmo5 is more Skype-like, but VoxOx is the new app on the block and gets my vote.

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Also, Google Voice....

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They can't just shut down skype, there would be massive outcry on all corners of the globe and I suppose there will be a lot of unhappy companies... I was thinking of changing my phone to 3 UK for the free skype abilities but this has put me off until I know skype is safe!

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Also, Google Voice....

Google Voice is for phones, and is US only.

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See the post above yours, there are two alternatives, Gizmo5 is more Skype-like, but VoxOx is the new app on the block and gets my vote.

New offerings are all well and good but there are a LOT of services now dependent on Skype. There are are countless devices made and sold specifically to work with Skype - even the mobile network "3" here in the UK market a phone which is exclusively a Skype mobile phone.

Add into that the companies who depend on Skype for business, and have Skype-in numbers, etc - it does add up to make a headache that a lot of companies who sell products based on Skype and companies / people who use Skype could really do without! :(

It's an unacceptable situation frankly.

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See the post above yours, there are two alternatives, Gizmo5 is more Skype-like, but VoxOx is the new app on the block and gets my vote.

It will take a lot of time for all my contacts (including my non-techy parents) to switch to something else...

And VoxOx is too US-oriented. Not sure about Gizmo5, cannot find anything about UK in numbers on their website.

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It will take a lot of time for all my contacts (including my non-techy parents) to switch to something else...

And VoxOx is too US-oriented. Not sure about Gizmo5, cannot find anything about UK in numbers on their website.

VoxOx is not US oriented, I am in Canada, signed up no problem, why because it does international.

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Well quite, if Skype wasn't closed source, you don't get issues regarding licensing happening. Hopefully if eBay decide to re-release Skype without the licensed part, they decide to open-source Skype to protect it in the future.

Open source doesn't magically avoid licensing issues.

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The whole story is probably the tip of the iceberg shadowing some backstage negociations for a renewal of license between Skype and Joltid. EBay is trying to make Joltid the bad guys which cling to their patents and licenses.

A beautiful example of modern greed and gullibility.

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New offerings are all well and good but there are a LOT of services now dependent on Skype. There are are countless devices made and sold specifically to work with Skype - even the mobile network "3" here in the UK market a phone which is exclusively a Skype mobile phone.

Add into that the companies who depend on Skype for business, and have Skype-in numbers, etc - it does add up to make a headache that a lot of companies who sell products based on Skype and companies / people who use Skype could really do without! :(

It's an unacceptable situation frankly.

Quite frankly, it's their own fault for depending on a service not under their control. I think a similar thing could happen with Twitter, were it ever to shut down suddenly.

I put the blame for the entire problem, however, squarely on eBay on this one.

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