Kazaa Offers Unlimited Free Internet Calls With Latest Software Release

New Kazaa Version Includes 'Skype';

Takes Peer-to-Peer Technology Beyond File Sharing to Free Online Calls



22 Nov, 2004, 00:00 ET from Sharman Networks Limited

    SYDNEY, Australia, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharman Networks Limited,
 distributor of the popular file sharing software, today launched Kazaa v3.0.
 This latest version includes the integration of Skype, which allows users to
 make free online calls anywhere in the world, using peer-to-peer (P2P)
 technology.  v3.0 also offers advanced search capabilities and a free weblog
 trial.
     The launch of Kazaa v3.0 provides a platform for Sharman Networks to
 showcase its future vision of P2P.  The evolution of the Kazaa product now
 goes beyond file sharing to become a simple and reliable tool for
 communicating and sharing with friends, family and colleagues.  Kazaa is the
 only file sharing application to offer free peer-to-peer Internet calls.
     "Internet telephony is a new frontier in P2P communications and a rapidly
 growing market," said Nikki Hemming, for Sharman Networks. "The inclusion of
 Skype is a natural extension of the Kazaa product and of peer-to-peer.  As
 pioneers in the P2P field, Sharman Networks believes the integration of Skype
 -- considered the best product in the market for Internet phone calls -- will
 deliver powerful consumer benefits."
     Over 300 million people have already downloaded the popular Kazaa
 application and by using the peer-to-peer technology have trialled and
 purchased licensed music files, videos, games, and ringtones.  Similarly, a
 wide array of artists such as Steve Earle, Richard Thomson, Little Feat,
 Russell Simmons, Public Enemy, The Black Keys, Widespread Panic, Ten Mile Tide
 and others have embraced the P2P platform and used Kazaa to promote and
 distribute their licensed, digital files to Kazaa users.
     "Despite narrow-minded attempts by others to stymie P2P technology through
 litigation, boycotts and legislation, Sharman Networks remains committed to
 delivering on the promise of peer-to-peer," Ms. Hemming said.  "Kazaa v3.0 is
 another milestone in that direction.  And with the recent U.S. Federal Appeals
 Court decision affirming that peer-to-peer software is legal, we expect to
 continue innovating and enhancing the experience for Kazaa users across the
 globe."
     Kazaa v3.0 also offers users a free weblog trial through an affiliate
 program with TypePad, a powerful, hosted weblogging service that gives users
 tools to immediately share and publish information -- like travel logs,
 journals and digital scrapbooks -- on the web.  Blogs are offered at
 discounted rates to Kazaa users.
     Kazaa v3.0 includes improved search capabilities, enabling users to
 'search more' than ever before, with up to 3,000 more results per search.
     Kazaa v3.0 is available for download from http://www.kazaa.com.  Users can
 alternatively download Sharman Networks' official ad-free version, Kazaa Plus
 v3.0, from Kazaa authorized publishers for US$29.95 or 24.95 Euros at
 http://www.kazaaplus.com.
 
     About Sharman Networks Limited
     Sharman Networks Limited distributes the popular Kazaa software, the
 leading peer-to-peer application that allows users to search, download,
 organize and interact with a variety of file types. Founded in 2002, Sharman
 Networks is a private company committed to distributing computing software
 applications that are pioneering the digital revolution. Sharman Networks is a
 worldwide operation. For more information about the Kazaa applications go to
 http://www.kazaa.com, for more information about Sharman Networks, please
 visit http://www.sharmannetworks.com.
 
 

SOURCE Sharman Networks Limited
    SYDNEY, Australia, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharman Networks Limited,
 distributor of the popular file sharing software, today launched Kazaa v3.0.
 This latest version includes the integration of Skype, which allows users to
 make free online calls anywhere in the world, using peer-to-peer (P2P)
 technology.  v3.0 also offers advanced search capabilities and a free weblog
 trial.
     The launch of Kazaa v3.0 provides a platform for Sharman Networks to
 showcase its future vision of P2P.  The evolution of the Kazaa product now
 goes beyond file sharing to become a simple and reliable tool for
 communicating and sharing with friends, family and colleagues.  Kazaa is the
 only file sharing application to offer free peer-to-peer Internet calls.
     "Internet telephony is a new frontier in P2P communications and a rapidly
 growing market," said Nikki Hemming, for Sharman Networks. "The inclusion of
 Skype is a natural extension of the Kazaa product and of peer-to-peer.  As
 pioneers in the P2P field, Sharman Networks believes the integration of Skype
 -- considered the best product in the market for Internet phone calls -- will
 deliver powerful consumer benefits."
     Over 300 million people have already downloaded the popular Kazaa
 application and by using the peer-to-peer technology have trialled and
 purchased licensed music files, videos, games, and ringtones.  Similarly, a
 wide array of artists such as Steve Earle, Richard Thomson, Little Feat,
 Russell Simmons, Public Enemy, The Black Keys, Widespread Panic, Ten Mile Tide
 and others have embraced the P2P platform and used Kazaa to promote and
 distribute their licensed, digital files to Kazaa users.
     "Despite narrow-minded attempts by others to stymie P2P technology through
 litigation, boycotts and legislation, Sharman Networks remains committed to
 delivering on the promise of peer-to-peer," Ms. Hemming said.  "Kazaa v3.0 is
 another milestone in that direction.  And with the recent U.S. Federal Appeals
 Court decision affirming that peer-to-peer software is legal, we expect to
 continue innovating and enhancing the experience for Kazaa users across the
 globe."
     Kazaa v3.0 also offers users a free weblog trial through an affiliate
 program with TypePad, a powerful, hosted weblogging service that gives users
 tools to immediately share and publish information -- like travel logs,
 journals and digital scrapbooks -- on the web.  Blogs are offered at
 discounted rates to Kazaa users.
     Kazaa v3.0 includes improved search capabilities, enabling users to
 'search more' than ever before, with up to 3,000 more results per search.
     Kazaa v3.0 is available for download from http://www.kazaa.com.  Users can
 alternatively download Sharman Networks' official ad-free version, Kazaa Plus
 v3.0, from Kazaa authorized publishers for US$29.95 or 24.95 Euros at
 http://www.kazaaplus.com.
 
     About Sharman Networks Limited
     Sharman Networks Limited distributes the popular Kazaa software, the
 leading peer-to-peer application that allows users to search, download,
 organize and interact with a variety of file types. Founded in 2002, Sharman
 Networks is a private company committed to distributing computing software
 applications that are pioneering the digital revolution. Sharman Networks is a
 worldwide operation. For more information about the Kazaa applications go to
 http://www.kazaa.com, for more information about Sharman Networks, please
 visit http://www.sharmannetworks.com.
 
 SOURCE  Sharman Networks Limited