Back in September, an Australian Court ruled against Kazaa parent company Sharman, in ruling that was immediately appealed. There were some interesting legal questions raised by rulings, but (of course) the recording industry immediately declared it to be a huge victory. Now the case is back in court and there's some indication that the recording industry isn't quite as thrilled as it once was. Unlike the rhetoric coming from the industry, this wasn't a complete victory for the recording industry at all. The court ordered Kazaa to put in place completely useless filters and to encourage people that it was in their best interest to download the newest, crippled version of Kazaa -- something most users understood they didn't want to do. At the same time, Sharman cut of Australian downloads of the product, suggesting that was the best they could do at the time. The Australian recording industry responded angrily that this was actually "thumbing its nose" at the ruling -- but it seems like a good faith effort to do whatever they could to abide by the ruling. It seems the fact that they're still around has upset the industry to no end as they (whoops) apparently believed their own rhetoric about the original ruling being the end of Kazaa.
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