Lawyers for Sharman Networks, parent of peer-to-peer file-trading service KaZaA, asked a Federal Court in Sydney today (Feb. 10) to rule as inadmissible evidence collected by the Australian music indu

Lawyers for Sharman Networks, parent of peer-to-peer file-trading service KaZaA, asked a Federal Court in Sydney today (Feb. 10) to rule as inadmissible evidence collected by the Australian music industry in a series of raids last Friday.

The lawyers questioned whether the court had the power to green-light the raids, conducted by the Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) organization at Sharman's offices in Sydney as well as the homes of its CEO Nikki Hemming and director of technology Phil Morley.

The company also appealed to the court to wait until a similar copyright-breach case is finalized in the U.S. before taking the company to trial in Australia.

"These proceedings, if they are to go ahead at all, ought not to go ahead until the end of the American proceedings," says Sharman's counsel, Francis Douglas, QC.

The case has been adjourned until Feb. 20. The court also heard that two lawyers involved in the raids were assaulted at one of the premises, and that the matter has been referred to New South Wales police.

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