We feel your pain. That’s what executives behind the Kazaa file sharing network reported telling record companies who were concerned about piracy online. The news comes today from Australia, where the Sydney-based Kazaa is defending against a copyright infringement lawsuit by thirty labels around the world.
In what amounts to at least a minor revelation, Reuters reports that “Philip Morle, Sharman’s director of technology, told the federal court in Sydney the Distributed Computing Industry Association had hosted and coordinated a number of discussions between Sharman Networks and various U.S. record companies about the issue of unauthorized file sharing.”
But many in the P2P crowd find it hard to feel for Sharman. Kazaa diehards – the very same people who helped the service become a grass roots phenomenon – were outraged a couple years ago to learn that the program was secretly employing spyware. Within days, a Russian hacker created and freely distributed a spyware-free version called Kazaa Lite. “I only want to make it clear that Kazaa has to stop misleading the people who use their software,” the programmer said at the time.
Sharman tried fighting back by issuing a statement warning that “consumers are being deceived with ripped off and highly suspect code.” Then, it cashed in - by selling a “premium” version of Kazaa that enabled subscribers to use the program ad-free.
This new data poisoning tool lets artists fight back against generative AI
The tool, called Nightshade, messes up training data in ways that could cause serious damage to image-generating AI models.
Everything you need to know about artificial wombs
Artificial wombs are nearing human trials. But the goal is to save the littlest preemies, not replace the uterus.
Rogue superintelligence and merging with machines: Inside the mind of OpenAI’s chief scientist
An exclusive conversation with Ilya Sutskever on his fears for the future of AI and why they’ve made him change the focus of his life’s work.
Data analytics reveal real business value
Sophisticated analytics tools mine insights from data, optimizing operational processes across the enterprise.
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.