Oz kicks Kazaa in keister

Australian courts take down file-swapping net

Kazaa just got Grokstered Down Under.

An Australian court ruled Monday that Sharman Networks, operator of popular peer-to-peer file-swapping network Kazaa, infringes the country’s copyright laws and ordered it to install filters to prevent future piracy.

Decision comes less than three months after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a similar ruling against Kazaa competitor Grokster, essentially outlawing P2P companies in the U.S. that enable piracy.

“On the heels of the unanimous Grokster ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, this decision reflects a growing, international chorus: Those who promote theft can be held accountable no matter how they may attempt to escape responsibility,” RIAA topper Mitch Bainwol said.

In a statement, Sydney-based Sharman said it was “disappointed in the decision” and that it plans to appeal.

The case in Australia was brought by the Australian unit of Universal Music Group. Trial lasted 18 months.

(Bloomberg News contributed to this report.)

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