Sharman Assets Frozen In Australia [10:20 pm]
The maneuvering comes just days after Altnet said it would set up a fund designed to give independent record labels a share of Kazaa’s advertising revenue. Lee Jaffe, Altnet’s president, told Wired News the asset freeze is nothing more than an attempt by the major record labels to choke off a revenue stream destined for the cartel’s smaller rivals.
[...] However, Michael Speck, the managing director of Australia’s Music Industry Piracy Investigations, a division of the Australian Recording Industry Association, says the action has more to do with preserving the assets of the respondents in the Kazaa case.
“What freaked us out is finding out they’d sold their homes,” Speck said. Sharman CEO Nikki Hemming recently sold her house to Sharman’s accountant for a profit, only 12 months after she bought it, Speck added.
If the music industry’s suit is successful, the assets may be awarded as damages to the music industry.
Pretty high profile for a guy who’s resigned his post.
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