|Nikki Hemming (CEO)|
Sharman Networks is a company headquartered in Australia and incorporated in Vanuatu. It owns the rights to the KaZaA file sharing software. It was created for this purpose in 2001 when the original owners of KaZaA were sued in the Netherlands.
In April 2004 Sharman threatened legal action against Markus Kern for his distribution of the giFT Fasttrack plugin claiming that reverse engineering Sharman's Fasttrack network was illegal.
In 2006, Sharman launched a defamation suit against p2pnet.net, a one-man digital media news site specialising in freedom of speech and file sharing issues. Sharman later dropped out, leaving executive Nikki Hemming to keep the suit going. It has not yet been resolved.
The company is currently involved in legal brawls in Australia and the U.S. over the alleged use of KaZaA to infringe copyrights. (As of 8 March 2009[update] it is still unclear if these cases have been resolved.)
- Michael Geist (31 July 2006). "Free speech, libel and the internet age". BBC NEWS, Technology. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- Sharman Networks (dead link, original company no longer exist; a new company in 2013 assumes the site.)