The Australian Federal Court has tentatively set November 29 as the date when Kazaa parent company Sharman Networks stand trial in Sydney.

The Australian Federal Court has tentatively set November 29 as the date when Kazaa parent company Sharman Networks stand trial in Sydney.

A number of Sharman's executives and associated companies face charges of copyright and trade practices infringements, misrepresentation, unconscionable conduct and conspiracy. These were brought against them by Universal Music Australia, Sony Music Entertainment Australia, EMI Music Australia, Warner Music Australia, BMG Australia and Festival Mushroom Records.

Justice Murray Wilcox told both parties last Thursday (July 1) that the discovery process is to be completed by August 13. The applicants' affidavits must be filed by mid-August and Sharman's responses by early October.

Both parties return to court on July 16 to present the outcome of talks on procedural issues.

At the July 1 hearing, Sharman contended that the discovery process could take longer. One of its legal team, Robert Ellicott, QC, suggested that the February 6 "Anton Piller" civil search on Sharman offices and the homes of its executives could have breached the Telecommunications Act. Section 7 of that act states that no one can "intercept ... a communication passing over a telecommunications system".

Sharman contended this section was breached when music industry investigators recorded communications before they reached Sharman computers.

Justice Wilcox however rejected the submission citing lack of evidence. Wilcox commented: "The whole thing is a distraction from the case", and ruled that Sharman cover the cost of that section of the proceedings.

Legal sources not associated with the case estimate that the cost of the case so far has topped A$10 million (US$7 million).

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