VoIP trappings of success

Skype, that free (and quite secure) voice-over-IP program we all know and love, was purchased by eBay for billions. Niklas Zennstrom & Co., who were previously responsible for peer-to-peer file sharing application KaZaA, made out like bandits, and I couldn’t be happier for them.

Now they are being sued by StreamCast Networks, maker of the Morpheus file-sharing program, for alleged RICO violations.

I can’t help but think this event is fueled by jealousy and contempt. I am a bit suspicious as well – I wouldn’t be surprised if we soon heard that StreamCast is cutting deals with big telcos and media players.

***UPDATE***

Techdirt summarizes that it is all about the money, and there does seem to be jealousy involved – and maybe breach of contract too.

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