Sharman Australian Offices Raided

Music industry raids Kazaa’s Australia HQ

Australian music industry investigators yesterday raided the premises of Kazaa’s parent company, Sharman Networks, and four other Internet businesses, including the offices of Telstra, the nation’s chief telco.

Music Industry Privacy Investigations (MIPI) also targeted the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales and Monash University.

The raids came after MIPI was granted a court order permitting it to search for evidence that KaZaA is complicit in the illegal trade of unauthorised copies of songs. The organisation plans to use documents seized in the raids in court proceedings

Slashdot: Kazaa Offices Raided includes this entertaining post: Goodie, goodie, goodie!

‘Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom…of the press;…’

[…] I argue that the freedom of the press includes the right of any citizen, or group of citizens to own a press. At the time that the US Constitution was written the only means (i.e. technology) for communicating with a truly mass audience was the printing press.

Historically, only the Crown had the *right* to own a press. The Crown might *permit* others to operate a press subject to prior restraint, but the Crown controlled the uses of all presses.

In order to have freedom of the press individuals, or groups of individuals must necessarily be able to own, and/or have access to the technology that physically, and infrastructurely allows he/she/them to communicate with a mass audience.

Thus, it must logically follow that the freedom of the press must include the right to own the means of communicating with a mass audience. […]