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    Skype could be cut off for good over dispute

    Skype might have to shut down because of a dispute over the core technology used to make the internet telephone system work.
    EBay, which paid $2.6 billion (1.6 billion) for the voice-over-the-internet system in 2005, is facing a court battle with the original founders of the company who retained the rights to the technology at the heart of the system.


    EBay admitted in a regulatory filing that it might have to close down the company. It said it was trying to develop alternative software but if that did not work, or if eBay lost the right to the original software: "Skype would be severely and adversely affected and the continued operation of Skype's business as currently conducted would likely not be possible."


    The dispute also threatens eBay's plan to spin off Skype, scheduled for next year.
    So let's see here................

    1) Ebay wants to buy Skype. OK.

    2) Skype is sold to Ebay, but on condition that the software that made Skype possible is not part of the deal.

    3) Ebay, nevertheless, uses the Software.

    4) The original owners of Skype are now telling Ebay to cease and desist.

    5) Ebay now may be shutting down Skype, with the result the they will lose untold millions of dollars in the process.

    And there you have it, folks. I have one word for Ebay.... Morons. I also have a deal for them. Would they like to buy the Houston Astrodome from me? I will make it a hell of a deal too. All they have to do is send me money, and the Astrodome is all theirs. I just hope I am not beaten to the punch by the millions of Nigerians who will see Ebay as an easy mark, and will also be looking to scam them.

    Article is here.

    Note: I have another deal for Ebay - 8 track tapes. However, I retain the rights to keep all the players. LOL.
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    Re: Skype could be cut off for good over dispute

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    So let's see here................

    1) Ebay wants to buy Skype. OK.

    2) Skype is sold to Ebay, but on condition that the software that made Skype possible is not part of the deal.

    3) Ebay, nevertheless, uses the Software.

    4) The original owners of Skype are now telling Ebay to cease and desist.

    5) Ebay now may be shutting down Skype, with the result the they will lose untold millions of dollars in the process.

    And there you have it, folks. I have one word for Ebay.... Morons. I also have a deal for them. Would they like to buy the Houston Astrodome from me? I will make it a hell of a deal too. All they have to do is send me money, and the Astrodome is all theirs. I just hope I am not beaten to the punch by the millions of Nigerians who will see Ebay as an easy mark, and will also be looking to scam them.

    Article is here.

    Note: I have another deal for Ebay - 8 track tapes. However, I retain the rights to keep all the players. LOL.
    The original owners want Skype back.. that is the core of the dispute. Ebay paid "over the top" due to the economic bubble and the original owners want to buy it back at a fraction of the price since the value of the company has fallen considerably since they sold it.
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    Re: Skype could be cut off for good over dispute

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    And there you have it, folks. I have one word for Ebay.... Morons.
    Software can be immensely complicated. In my own experience there is often a disconnect between management, the lawyers, and the engineers. This can result in the circumstance Ebay has encountered.
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    Re: Skype could be cut off for good over dispute

    Quote Originally Posted by scourge99 View Post
    Software can be immensely complicated. In my own experience there is often a disconnect between management, the lawyers, and the engineers. This can result in the circumstance Ebay has encountered.
    True, but all Ebay had to do was to kill the deal if the software was not included. The way they handled the sale was retarded.
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