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Skype Founders File Copyright Suit Against eBay

On the first of September eBay announced that it would be selling Skype in a deal that valued the company at $2.75 billion. Skype president Josh Silverman surprised the tech world by announcing that the company was not about to become a subsidiary of another company, rather it would operate as an independent company, just as it had done before being purchased by eBay in 2005.

This week the New York Times reports that Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are suing eBay for copyright infringement. According to NYT, the court filing alleges eBay violated the founders' copyright by altering and sharing the peer-to-peer source code behind Skype. Zennstrom and Friis maintained ownership of that source code after selling Skype to eBay in 2005 but licensed it to eBay.

NYT reports that Joltid, a company owned by the two founders, seeks an injunction on top of damages, which it alleges could total more than $75 million a day.

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