Kazaa strikes back at labels

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The Australian company behind the world's most popular online music swapping site has accused the music and movie industries of conspiring against it to crush competition.

Sharman Networks, the corporation that distributes the Kazaa Media Desktop software, is trying to turn the legal tables on 27 entertainment corporations suing it for contributing to online piracy.

The arguments filed last week in federal court in Los Angeles echo those once raised by music-swapping pioneer Napster.

Sharman accuses the record labels and film studios of abusing their copyrights to improperly extend their monopolies into the emerging realm of Internet distribution.

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News source: The Age

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