Nikki Hemming, CEO of Sydney-based Sharman Networks, may yet have to testify in the Australian record industry's landmark case against Kazaa over alleged copyright infringement.

Nikki Hemming, CEO of Sydney-based Sharman Networks, may yet have to testify in the Australian record industry's landmark case against Kazaa over alleged copyright infringement.

The Australian labels were yesterday (April 28) granted a Federal Court hearing for May 24, at which they will seek permission to cross-examine Hemming, Sharman's accountant John Meyers and its Vanuatu-based solicitor Geoffrey Gee.

The labels' lawyer Tony Bannon is hoping to get Hemming on the witness stand by claiming that the affidavit in which she declared her assets had "deficiencies."

Through the trial, which began last October, both Hemming, and Kevin Bermeister, managing director of the Sharman-associated company Altnet, have exercised their right not to testify.

The presiding judge, Murray Wilcox, is understood to be frustrated that the case has not yet revealed how the Kazaa system works. Labels have yet to prove that Bermeister is actually owner of Sharman.

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