MEDIA: ZEITGEIST - Copyright takes a bodyblow as 230 million PCs play host to fileshare program Kazaa

Kazaa is the largest and most sustained attack there's ever been on the whole concept of copyright in the entertainment industry. It makes Napster look like a children's tea party - and the numbers are mind-numbing.

The Kazaa media player is the most downloaded piece of software in history - more than 230 million PCs now have it sitting on their desktops and the world's largest media owners reckon their losses thanks to Kazaa "file sharing" are already in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

They can whistle for it. Their attempts to find redress have been thwarted by a ruling in a California district court and by the fact that Kazaa is registered in Vanuatu (in the South Pacific, stupid) and its software is served from Estonia via Denmark.

By the time the record shops in your neck of the woods have opened each morning, Kazaa will have "shifted" more than 30 million units. Why pay more?

The product: Kazaa Media Desktop

The proposition: Enables you to file share content (music, games,

movies) with other Kazaa users

Available from: www.kazaa.com

Is it legal? Don't be so Victorian