Skype Soap Opera Continues As Founders Sue Potential Buyers for Copyright Violations

Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom reportedly have filed a copyright suit against eBay and the investors that plan to buy Skype from it for $2 billion, says the Wall Street Journal. The suit was filed yesterday in the Northern California U.S. District Court.

The Skype founders already are involved in a suit against eBay for unauthorized use of its software.

Whether this suit scuppers the deal (or Skype itself) remains to be seen, but at least the lawyers are happy for all the work. Large law firms have been hit hard by the recession, with many having to lay off lawyers.

Given all the charges and counter-charges, maybe everyone should just adjourn to a distant island or a house in London along with a TV crew and host and work it all out.


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