The founders of Skype sued eBay for copyright infringement almost two weeks after it agreed to sell a majority stake in the voice over IP business for $2bn. Joltid, which is owned by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, filed suit in Northern California US District Court over peer-to-peer technology included in Skype software, …
eBay got it soooo wrong.
When eBay bought Skype, they didnt check the sale terms regarding the tech they were buying then? They bought the name and the business model and the front end, but not the rights to the entire tech? Seems they got it a bit wrong then didnt they!
With Microsoft basically having its word docx damages throw out the window, I'm guessing eBay are just gona point over to redmond and say "favoured nation", then laugh.
Welcome to doing business with Zenstrom
This is a repeat of what he did with Kazaa - sell the name + label without the tech which killed the buyers in due course. Anyone doing even the most basic due diligence should have found out that one and seen what is coming for Ebay later on.
It is also one of the reasons why they are (and always will be) on my permanent blacklist. Any company with them on the board is not something I will ever buy kit or technology from.
What was wrong with tat market or tat bazaar? Sheesh!
Mixed feelings on this
On one hand software patents are evil and should be banished with extreme prejudice and an axe. On the other hand - this is eBay getting shafted. I can't make up my mind...
lol that's one way to make money out of something that doesn't turn a profit!
its not patents
This isn't a software patent thing ... they are using their software directly ... for some stupid reason eBay didn't buy the rights to the p2p network that make everything work. Instead I guess they licensed it and the licensing has run out?
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