February 6th, 2004

Raided: Kazaa Offices, Staff Homes and Universities

Breaking news from Australia:
This story is still evolving but this morning a series of 12 premises in three states in Australia were raided this morning including the offices of Kazaa in Sydney, supposedly the homes of Nikki Hemming and other staff of Kazaa, and reportedly three universities as well as two ISPs--gathering evidence for a civil action to be launched in Federal Court next week.


[Music Industry Piracy Investigations] obtained an Anton Pilar order---which allows a copyright holder to enter a premises to search for and seize material that breaches copyright without alerting the target through court proceedings---yesterday from Justice Murray Wilcox, and began raiding premises in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria this morning searching for documents and electronic evidence to support its case against the peer-to-peer companies.