Skype Founders Use eBay Cash To Atone For Their Kazaa Sins
from the so-that's-how-it-works dept
While we already wrote about the Kazaa $100 million settlement news that came out this morning, there’s an interesting bit of info on it that came out later in the day: a portion (not clear how much, but we’d assume a large amount) of that settlement fine is going to be paid by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the founders of Kazaa and Skype. If you recall, the pair had apparently sold off everything having to do with Kazaa before founding Skype — though, they then spent a while hiding out and running around Europe trying to avoid being served with legal papers. It’s also why the pair couldn’t come to the US, even after the deal to sell Skype for billions. We jokingly said at the time that maybe they could use some of that $2.6 billion to pay their legal fees — and apparently they took that to heart. Now that this settlement is in place, there are no more pending charges filed by the entertainment industry against the pair. Of course, there is still the racketeering charge filed by competitor (and former partner) Streamcast. In fact, this new development may strengthen that case. The charges there included the suggestion that Zennstrom and Friis were still heavily involved with Kazaa even after they supposedly sold it — and finding out that they’re paying off part of the settlement fees could support that position. Either way, expect to start seeing the pair show up in the US — perhaps as they go around to entertainment companies trying to pitch their new online TV distribution business.