Make your long distance calls now! The founders of Internet phone service Skype, who sold the company to eBay for $2.6 billion, are suing their former company for copyright infringement — and seeking an injunction.
Here’s the lawsuit (.pdf) for your reading pleasure. After failing to make Skype fit into their online auction business, eBay just recently sold the company to a bunch of investors.
So how in the heck did eBay buy Skype without getting all the essential IP? Apparently, Joltid — a company since founded by the original Skype founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis — licensed some of the peer-to-peer code that makes Skype tick. But the agreement was broken when eBay altered and shared the code and the license was terminated, say Joltid’s lawyers from Hennigen, Bennett & Dorman.
— Zusha Elinson