KCeasy Forced to Drop FastTrack (Kazaa) Support
April 17, 2004
One would think in these troubled times that Sharman Networks would accept all the help it can get. After vanquishing virtually all resources of Kazaa Lite via the DMCA, Sharman has now targeted KCeasy.
KCeasy is a front end client that uses the giFT daemon to access FastTrack, OpenFT and Gnutella. Unlike other clients that use older giFT daemons to simply leech and contribute nothing to the P2P community, KCeasy had all the functionality of an authorized FastTrack client. However, KCeasy does not have any of the third party support (AltNet) that Kazaa Media Desktop has, thereby representing a threat to Sharman.
Because of this, Sharman has decided to take another valued client away from the P2P community. Although this time around, the damage is not so great as FastTrack's importance is waning as more people discover alternative file-sharing methods. In addition, KCeasy has already established a small but impressive community, which in all likelihood will not be too distraught considering OpenFT and Gnutella support are still operational.
From the Kceasy website:
KCeasy 0.12 released [2004-04-17]
Please note that from this version on KCeasy will no longer include the plugin necessary to connect to the FastTrack network. On April 14 I received a Cease and Desist Letter from Sharman Networks demanding the immediate stop of KCeasy distribution. While it is perfectly legal under German law to create an interoperable client for FastTrack network via reverse engineering I feel that inclusion of FastTrack access with KCeasy is not worth a legal battle between Sharman and myself. KCeasy is a valuable file sharing client even without FastTrack connectivity and I will continue to develop it as such.
- Markus Kern
The change log for 0.12:
Fixed threading bug which caused incomplete downloads to go missing (giFT)
Fixed threading bug which caused incomplete downloads to go missing
Fixed bug with unix style expansion of ~ in paths (giFT)
Removed FastTrack plugin following complaints by Sharman Networks
Removed FastTrack network icon because I am unable to determine origin and license
Don't overwrite old node files from installer
Added meta data extraction for torrents (giFT)
Tweaked OpenFT auto promotion (OpenFT)
Disabled AVI meta data parser until we figure out why it's broken (giFT)
Added more logging to catch where incomplete downloads go missing (giFT)
Fixed env_search == NULL assert (OpenFT)
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