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The labels asked that Sharman provide details of the "ownership and control structure of the corporate respondents, the financial and managerial aspects of the various relationships and the historical background to these arrangements."

WHO'S THE BOSS AT KAZAA?

An Australian Court Forces Sharman Networks To Reveal Who’s Controlling the Company
Notorious P2P Kazaa may have to divulge the so-far anonymous identities of its principals.

An Australian Federal Court judge has ordered parent company Sharman Networks to reveal the anonymous figures controlling the company.

Sharman is facing copyright infringement charges brought by five Australian record companies.

The labels' attorney, John Nicholas, revealed to the Sydney court this week that another company, Worldwide Nominees, is the sole director of Sharman Networks.

Worldwide Nominees is registered in Port Vila, capital of the Pacific island of Vanuatu. Its listed directors are Port Vila solicitor Geoffrey R. Gee and a company called Regent Ltd. The names of its shareholders are not available, and by Vanuatu law, it is a criminal offense to try to discover information about the ownership of any company based there.

The labels asked that Sharman provide details of the "ownership and control structure of the corporate respondents, the financial and managerial aspects of the various relationships and the historical background to these arrangements."

Nikki Hemming, Sydney-based CEO of Sharman, "seems to be a key player" in the activities, according to the Judge in the case.

The court also rejected Sharman's claim that any MP3 files seized were "irrelevant" to the case because these should not be defined as sound recordings.

The record companies have to offer 100 examples of record contracts to give the court a better definition of the meaning of copyright.

A hearing is scheduled for November 29.

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