Thursday, September 17, 2009

Skype Founders File a Copyright Suit Against eBay - NYTimes.com

I suspect “Skype” will become commonly used as a verb for more than Internet calling – as in “they were totally Skyped in that acquisition…”

In the court filing, Joltid, a company owned by the Skype founders, claims that eBay violated copyright law by altering and sharing the peer-to-peer source code behind the free Internet calling service. The Skype founders maintained ownership of that source code after selling Skype to eBay in 2005, and licensed it to eBay.

Joltid seeks an injunction and statutory damages, which it says could total more than $75 million a day. The lawsuit also names as defendants Silver Lake Partners and its partners in the buyout, Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Skype Founders File a Copyright Suit Against eBay - NYTimes.com

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