Skype founders sue eBay for copyright infringement

by admin September 20, 2009 at 10:50 am

Source code spat could delay sale

The original founders of Skype have filed a lawsuit against the VoIP giant and its owner eBay, claiming copyright infringement.

Filed in the US District Court of Northern California, the suit also names the group of investors set to buy Skype from eBay.

The suit has been filed by Joltid, the company set up by Skype creators Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, who sold the system to eBay for $2.6bn in 2005. EBay has since admitted that the move was unwise owing to the high price tag and its inability to integrate the two platforms.

This is the latest in a long running intellectual property dispute between Joltid and Skype. The firm has already filed a lawsuit against eBay in the UK.

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