The peer-to-peer file-sharing software industry notched up two legal wins on Friday, with a Dutch court ruling Kazaa software legal, while a US judge panned the recording industry for misusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands upheld a lower court’s ruling that distributing Kazaa – an application used primarily to share music files – was legal, according to a statement issued by Kazaa BV.
According to the company, which had been sued by the local recording industry society Buma/Stemra, the court was quiet on the question on whether users are acting legally when they upload and download copyrighted music to the network.
Meanwhile, in the US, an appeals court reversed a lower court’s ruling, saying that the Recording Industry Association of America cannot use the DMCA to subpoena the names and addresses of P2P users it wants to sue from ISPs.
The RIAA has been filing lawsuits against dozens of consumers it suspects of being high-volume sharers of copyrighted works. Verizon Communications took the association to court to establish that it could not use the DMCA to demand its customers’ data.
This article is based on material originally produced by ComputerWire.