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Kazaa Can Block Downloads, But Won\'t -Porn Firm
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By Andy Sullivan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An adult-video company has complained to the U.S. Congress that the owners of the Kazaa Internet file-trading service have not blocked users of the network from downloading its films, even though they have the technology to do so.
Pornography producer Titan Media said Kazaa\'s owner, Sharman Networks, can closely monitor activity on the network through \"spyware\" installed on users\' computers and could use that capability to block its users from downloading copyrighted files.
But Titan said in a letter to Congress that Sharman has not cooperated with a request to stop unauthorized copying of Titan\'s adult videos over its network.
Titan\'s letter, released late Monday, is the latest blow to Sharman as it battles charges that it facilitates widespread copyright abuse and the spread of child pornography over its Kazaa network. Millions use Kazaa to copy music, movies and other computer files from each others\' hard drives, without paying royalties for copyrighted material.