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EBay is sued over Skype software

September 17, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The founders of Skype filed a copyright lawsuit against EBay Inc. and the firms planning to buy the Internet-calling business, saying damages are growing at $75 million a day.

The founders' company, Joltid Ltd., also asked for an injunction to stop the alleged infringement, according to a filing in U.S. District Court in Northern California.

Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom retained the rights to Skype's software code when EBay bought the company in 2005. Since then, EBay has showed the source code to third parties, copied it and altered it without permission, the complaint says.

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