Sharman Networks Limited

Kazaa Offers Unlimited Free Internet Calls With Latest Software Release

    Sydney, Australia, November 22 (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - New Kazaa Version Includes 'Skype'; Takes Peer-to-Peer Technology Beyond File Sharing to Free Online Calls

    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.

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