Sued By The RIAA? Blame Kazaa!

from the take-that dept

As long as Skype's founders are paying out many millions to the RIAA to settle its claims against Kazaa, perhaps they might want to compensate a few of the folks sued by the RIAA for using Kazaa as well. While some are already claiming that the settlement should cover them against the RIAA, a group of those sued by the RIAA have now filed a class action suit against Kazaa, blaming it for their problems. Among the claims against Kazaa are that it advertised "free downloads" leading people to think that it was legal, it set up a "shared folder" without making that clear to the users and (everyone's favorite) it surreptitiously installed adware and spyware on computers. All three things are true, but whether or not they broke any laws is another question. Again, like way too many class action lawsuits, this one seems more like a way for people who knew they were breaking the law to pass the blame onto another party.


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    Adam Lea, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 11:32am

    I am going to sue Kazaa for the cost of my new external 180 GB hard drive. After all, THEY allowed access to all of those large files that I assumed I was legally entitled to have since they were advertised as FREE...

    $120 comin' my way soon!

     

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    Jay, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 11:39am

    Is a "class action suite" like a honeymoon suite, but for polygamists?

    ~j

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 12:23pm

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    I didnt realize Kazaa had moved to Utah!

     

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    The infamous Joe, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 12:26pm

    Armed with just my whip and chair..

    Down typo nazis! Down! :-P

     

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    darnell, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 12:48pm

    if you use kazza, your a beginner. and should be very careful about what your getting into.

    you might wanna check out frostwire or limewire

    also if you have kazza on your computer, you may also wanna go to your prefreed sight, and download avg anti virus and avg anti spyware programs, because your almost certain to have a few.

    thanks

     

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    Roughly Average Joe, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 12:54pm

    Re: Armed with just my whip and chair..

    Suet is a typo, suite is a misspelling.

    ---
    Counting beans, old school

     

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    joenewbreed, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 12:55pm

    Re:

    that smacked of a spam bot advertisement

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 12:55pm

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    If you continually use "your" instead of "you're" and "kazza" instead of "Kazaa", you're an idiot.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 1:13pm

    ever see someone use "your're" ha ha

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 1:48pm

    " If you continually use "your" instead of "you're" and "kazza" instead of "Kazaa", you're an idiot. "


    ---whoever that was, i love you.

     

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    Some guy, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 2:26pm

    maybe your the idiot!

     

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    SinceWhen, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 2:31pm

    ok... but

    All three things are true, but whether or not they broke any laws is another question.



    Since when does a law have to be broken in order to sue? The new way to get rich is to be offended.



    I think I have been offended that Kazaa never told me they would share my files. I'm Suing.


    I am offended that the words CHRIST are in CHRISTMAS. I think I will sue everyone who uses the word CHRISTMAS.


    I am offended that my Mom grounded me when I was young. I think I'll take her house.


    For some strange reason, people think the world owes them something. Why? Because we let that happen.


    The next time I am dining out and I hear a spoiled little brat kid yelling at her parents and ruining my experience, I am going to shove a dinner roll down her throat... um.. nevermind. I don't want her to sue me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 2:37pm

    Your're all got too much time on you're hands!

     

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    Sherell Horsley, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 2:55pm

    Suing Kazaa

    Hi,

    i read the article about users being sued by RIAA
    and then the users then sue Kazaa.

    What's wrong with suing someone who helped you
    commit a crime? And in many cases actually
    misrepresented the fact that there was a crime
    involved?

     

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    klb, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 3:53pm

    Re:

    haha....the office?

     

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    William, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 4:08pm

    Hello party people

    Their stance was always that there were perfectly legal uses for there service like sharing open source files and music that is in the public domain. And that they have no control if there users break the law. Kind of like you cant sue the crowbar maker because you used it to break open someones front door. That is why they were allowed to stay open as long as they did

     

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    William, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 4:10pm

    ignorance of the law is no excuse.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 5:49pm

    Ignorance in downloading the wrong and worse P2P software available out is no excuse either.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 5:49pm

    Ignorance in downloading the wrong and worse P2P software available out is no excuse either.

     

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    benji, Dec 7th, 2006 @ 11:08pm

    DUH!!

    everybody knows that limewire is the way to go.......duh..

     

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    M3gaManX, Dec 8th, 2006 @ 6:39am

    p2p noob

    quote=darnell "if you use kazza, your a beginner. and should be very careful about what your getting into.

    you might wanna check out frostwire or limewire"
    no your still a p2p noob
    look into newsgroups, one click hosters, ftps, and private torrent sites

     

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    RonnieK, Dec 8th, 2006 @ 7:03am

    Re: p2p noob

    newsgroups are the way to go...optimal speed and vast selection...but you'll need a small bit of basic computer skills to use them.

     

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    RonnieK, Dec 8th, 2006 @ 7:03am

    Re: p2p noob

    newsgroups are the way to go...optimal speed and vast selection...but you'll need a small bit of basic computer skills to use them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 8th, 2006 @ 9:21am

    well, remember that tobacco companies were sued for targeting kids to smoke. gun companies were sued because the provided guns to criminals (offering deals to sales reps and such)

    so, if Kazza markets its software as a way to get leagal (or refrained from saying piracy was illegal) they coulld be held for some convictions.

     

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    Ribin, Feb 28th, 2007 @ 5:04am

    Comment

     

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    Tolerance, May 14th, 2007 @ 8:58am

    Re: ok... but

    So, instead of trying to be tolerant, which is the concept you were trying to get across by the world not owing everyone something, you are going to shove a dinner roll down a kids throat. WOW, you're smart! Does that kid OWE you a peaceful meal? Stop thinking you are owed something just because you got $20 or so bones to throw down on a sit down dinner out. It's called tolerance and you should learn some.

     

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