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Thread: Sharman Wants To End Kazaa Hacks

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    Why Sharman Wants to End Kazaa Hacks

    September 5, 2003
    Ciarán Tannam

    It has been well documented by this stage that last week Sharman issued a series of DMCA violation notices against several sites including Slyck and Google. Ray from Slyck issued a statement denouncing the move while Google linked to the DMCA notice at the bottom of each search result, which in turn linked to the removed sites. In the interest of fairness we sought an explanation from Sharman for their actions. Phil Morle, CTO of Sharman spoke to Slyck.

    Essentially Sharman stated that they had conducted these actions because “a time had come where we need to stop the mass distribution of hacked versions of KMD because of a series of problems that they cause”. They stated that the issues related to the hacks included the fact that they were ...

    "Anti-p2p as each hack out there just diminishes the P2P experience for others”. They are "Unstable as these applications hack the software, not at the source code level, but by performing dangerous modifications, often while various values are in memory". Phil added that they were "Short-sighted as long as these applications remove the capacity for Kazaa to display licensed content to its users, it is helping to prolong the legal ambiguities of p2p." Phil also pointed to the scam artists that sell kazaa hacks via the Google sponsored links.

    In addition Sharman has rubbished claims that there was a connection between the issue of the DMCA and the launch of Kazaa Plus. Phil said “That the DMCA notice arrived at a similar time to our Kazaa Plus pre-announcement is a complete coincidence.”

    So do any of these reasons make sense and justify issuing DMCA violation notices that have seemingly further damage people’s perception of Sharman?

    Certainly some of the justifications will ring hollow with typical p2p users who are typically after non-DRM content and have not experienced any significant issues using kazaa Lite. The manner and necessity of the DMCA notices which were issued also still needs addressing. Sharman did not respond directly to questions from Slyck over violation of freedom of speech.

    If nothing else the response indicates the strategy of this large commercially driven p2p company. It shows their desire to increase DRM content, remove their legal headache and to exercise greater control of distribution and references to the kazaa brand.

    The response does highlight the forgotten problems that some hacks can cause developers but does not deal with what might have motivated people to create these hacks or the motivation of users to divert in droves to utilising them.

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  2. File Sharing   -   #2
    "Anti-p2p as each hack out there just diminishes the P2P experience for others”. They are "Unstable as these applications hack the software, not at the source code level, but by performing dangerous modifications, often while various values are in memory". Phil added that they were "Short-sighted as long as these applications remove the capacity for Kazaa to display licensed content to its users, it is helping to prolong the legal ambiguities of p2p." Phil also pointed to the scam artists that sell kazaa hacks via the Google sponsored links.
    HAHA, I ask how may people switched to kazaa lite because KMD was cauing problems on their machines? Not just the adds, but serious OS problems. I know that I did.

  3. File Sharing   -   #3
    Go to their forum (click the link at the bottom of the article) and read my reply to their CTO, who doesn't even know what features his own Kazaa Plus has.

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    Wow RN, you pretty much nailed his nutsack to the wall, didn't you?

    The CTO of Sharman must learn that being glib is no substitute for being right.

    Beautiful.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

  5. File Sharing   -   #5
    Wow random, very well put.

  6. File Sharing   -   #6
    Nice one Random Nut!!! You tell them!!!

    It's good to see that you really care about your users and the filesharing community.

    Your work is awesome, and as a computing science student I find it really inspirational, and admirable.

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    i thought kazaa is a discentralized network

    if it's OUR machines that got fucked up by the so-called kmd lite "malware", so why the fuck is shareman so worried about?

    I think it's their way of saying piss off stop stealing my share of the p2p market and MONEY is all they care about from all the ad commissions they get from the banners in THEIR kmd application, which is crap anyways

  8. File Sharing   -   #8
    Good post random.


    If they just came out and said "We need the money" I wouldn't mind so much, but when a company tries to tell us it's for our own good, that pisses me off. Metallica did the same thing when they backtracked and said they were just upset that their fans were downloading low quality versions of their songs.

    I appreciate Sharman for creating Kazaa and fighting the RIAA lawyers, but they're out for profits as much as the RIAA is.

  9. File Sharing   -   #9
    kazaa gave me a virus

  10. File Sharing   -   #10
    Originally posted by RedDevil10@9 September 2003 - 10:33
    kazaa gave me a virus
    What you downloaded off kazaa gave you a virus.

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