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Thread: Kazaa Set To End Its Days Of Free Music

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    If kazaa will do this, will there still be a 'free' kazaa lite?

    Kazaa set to end its days of free music - [P2P News]


    The world's most popular song-swapping network, Kazaa, has thrown its weight behind a plan to start billing song swappers for their music downloads.
    The proposal, which could finally end the days of the free lunch for millions of music fans, has been put to big US record labels at the same time as a new legitimate version of the former file-swapping giant Napster is launched in the US.
    The idea is to phase in a billing mechanism for peer to peer networks, such as Kazaa and Morpheus, that allow users to copy music directly from each other's hard drives.

    Initially payments would be by credit card, but in the future downloads would be automatically detected and a charge added to the monthly internet service provider bill.
    With the success of Apple's iTunes and the launch of the new legal Napster in the US this week, the five big record labels are finally getting behind online music distribution. But they are still turning their backs on the peer to peers seen to support widespread music piracy.
    Kazaa now hopes the music industry will forget past grievances and tap into the cleaned up versions of the networks that already have millions of users, rather than build their own networks from scratch.
    "The whole effort here is to go where the consumers are, to convert all that energy to selling licensed music," said Marty Lafferty, president of the Distributed Computing Industry Association.
    Nikki Hemming, the Sydney-based chief executive of Sharman Networks, which runs Kazaa, said the business model offered "great hope for the entertainment industry".
    The five big record labels are yet to respond to the proposal.

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    WTF man. goddamn greedy bastards, one question. does this affect kazaa-lite in anyway?

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    OMG all the hard work of ripping and d'ling and the time taken to get this stuff done by everyday people and sharman and the record companys are going to cash in on it Holy Shit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    This doesn't affect Kazaa Lite!

    Sharman Networks can't force us to upgrade to a newer version

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    did i see you say they can paul

    what about the part where we have to update supernodes

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    I'm assuming you meant to say can't

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    What happens if the whole fast track network is altered so no program can access it without a password/login?

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    did the article say when they are planning on doing this (i just skimmed the article)? also, I highly doubt that k-lite will still function witht the subscribed users of kazaa.

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    Kazaa Lite can act as a supernode too. As long as there are enough Kazaa Lite based supernodes, then the network as we know it will keep existing.

    Kazaa Lite can't be forced to upgrade like can be done with Kazaa Media Desktop (remember version 2.0.0 to 2.0.2). That piece of code has been disabled by k++.

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    Sharman Networks, Joltid and all other companies currently in control of the FastTrack Network, have the opportunity to alter the network protocol, thus booting KaZaA and KaZaA Lite clients from the network, much like Morpheus. KaZaA Lite would become un-useable but KaZaA would obviously be updated with the current configuration (with a new billing system) and possibly iMesh and Grokster would comply with Sharman Networks' intentions. The KaZaA client would then have to be hacked, in which case we would be forced to update versions.

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