As of August 2012, the Kazaa website is no longer active.
In addition to e-mail, online auctions and access to the largest information database ever compiled, we can now swap music and movies with people all around the globe. One of the most famous file-sharing services, Napster, became hugely popular in the late '90s.
Millions of people exchanged music over its servers until copyright-infringement lawsuits shut it down (it has since recreated itself as a pay-per-download service).
In its second incarnation, Napster became an online music store until it was acquired by Rhapsody from Best Buy on December 1, 2011.
Later companies and projects successfully followed its P2P file sharing example such as Gnutella, Freenet, Kazaa, Bear Share, and many others.
Kazaa Lite Resurrection 0.0.7.6F is the phoenix rising from the ashes of the old Kazaa Lite.
The Internet has enabled us to do things we'd never dreamed possible just a couple of decades ago.
Kazaa's decentralization is one of the main reasons why it has weathered the legal firestorm this long.
To transfer data between users (peer-to-peer), Kazaa uses the Fast Track protocol.
Kazaa was introduced by the Dutch company Consumer Empowerment in March 2001, near the end of the first generation of P2P networks typified by the shutdown of Napster in July 2001.
Initially, some users of the Kazaa network were users of the Morpheus client program, formerly made available by Music City.
Kazaa soon became the most popular file-sharing service on the Internet, with millions of users simultaneously sharing content.