Saturday, September 05, 2009

Talking Business - Lawsuit Over Skype’s Code Clouds eBay’s Sale Deal - NYTimes.com

Skype’s new investors roll the dice…

There is another reason that the Skype deal has raised eyebrows, however. Not long after Mr. Friis and Mr. Zennstrom left the company, they became embroiled in a dispute with eBay that has turned into a very nasty lawsuit.

It turns out that in selling Skype to eBay, Mr. Friis and Mr. Zennstrom retained control of a key part of the Skype technology, which they licensed to eBay. Although the details are under seal in a London court, the Skype founders’ essential complaint is that eBay tampered with their software, and in doing so, violated the terms of the licensing agreement. They were demanding that Skype be forced to stop using the technology, which, for all intents and purposes, would mean shutting down Skype itself. The case is set for trial in 2010.

Talking Business - Lawsuit Over Skype’s Code Clouds eBay’s Sale Deal - NYTimes.com

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