Kazaa hit by file-sharing ruling

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An Australian court has ruled that the popular file-swapping program Kazaa urged its users to breach copyright.

The Federal Court ordered Kazaa's owners, Sharman Networks, to modify the software to prevent further piracy.

The ruling comes after months of legal wrangling between Sharman Networks, and a group of record labels.

The case is the latest courtroom battle between peer-to-peer networks and copyright holders, such as record labels and music studios.

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