The company behind music swapping website Kazaa has accused music and movie companies of anti-competitive behaviour.
Sharman Networks, which distributes Kazaa Media Desktop, is launching a counter suit against the 27 entertainment corporations currently suing it for contributing to online piracy.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Sharman has accused the music and film companies of extending their monopolies into internet distribution.
Sharman claims that its partner, Brilliant Digital Entertainment, developed a way to distribute copyrighted works securely in the file-sharing environment, and to ensure that artists got paid.
But the major labels still refused to license music for distribution to Kazaa users.
The recording industry has dismissed Sharman's charges as "laughable". The Recording Industry Association of America likened the company's claims to those of a thief who robs Fort Knox and then blames Fort Knox for not buying her second-rate security system.
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