Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Streamcast Continues Uphill Battle: Sues Joost For The Sins Of Its Founders

from the yeah,-good-luck-with-that... dept

A year ago, we had the story of the fascinatingly bizarre lawsuit from Streamcast, makers of the Morpheus file sharing system, against Skype and its founders. You can read all the details at that link, but the short version is that Skype's founders had originally founded Kazaa and licensed the technology to Streamcast -- and Streamcast claims the deal included a provision that would give them the chance to buy Kazaa's technology before anyone else did. The founders later sold off Kazaa to someone else, and moved on to start Skype. Streamcast, however, claims that Janus Friis and Niklas Zenstromm didn't actually sell off the core technology, and, in fact, used it as a part of Skype -- which they later sold to eBay for a few billion -- which Streamcast claims they deserve a piece of. A few months ago a judge completely tossed out the case. However, Streamcast is apparently appealing, and to make matters even more fun, it's adding Friis and Zenstromm's new startup, Joost, to the list of defendants. The chances of this getting anywhere seem somewhere between slim and none, but it's not like Streamcast has much else to do these days.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 23rd, 2007 @ 5:09pm

    woooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    sue them all!

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    Matthew, May 23rd, 2007 @ 5:17pm


    Joost, so far, is hardly more than a novelty...let it take off before you sue you dolts.

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    The infamous Joe, May 24th, 2007 @ 4:59am

    Re: Joost!?

    Yeah, it kind of sucks right now. Though, they slowly gain more and more "watchable" material-- if you think old episodes of Punk'd are watchable.

    Maybe they'll air old episodes of Myth Busters one day, and I'll have use for it. If they got old episodes of The Colbert Report, I'd become a Joost fanboy. :P

    Anyone that wants an invite, drop your email, I don't know how many I have, though.

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    Anonymous Coward, May 24th, 2007 @ 6:56am


    What is Streamcast?

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    E, May 24th, 2007 @ 10:00am

    Joe, that's a mighty nice offer, but Joost apparently doesn't get the gist of invites... you can get an invite from their web site by just giving your e-mail address.

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  6. identicon
    Clueby4, May 24th, 2007 @ 2:57pm

    Joost is Lame

    P2P + ADs + DRM + Stale Content = Lame

    Sorry content with ads is not free in my book. And having to whore out my bandwidth is no go for me.

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