Skype the world’s biggest Internet telephony system was bought by eBay back in 2005 from Joltid for amassive US$2.6 billion dollars Unfortunately this prices didn’t include the Global Index peer-to-peer software that Skype is based on. Now Joltid is trying to cancel Skype’s licence for the Global Index software which will basically mean that Skype will have to shut down completely.
Are Joltid looking for eBay to sell Skype back to them at a huge discount? Or are they trying to shut Skype down forever? We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
Should it lose the licence, and should it not be able to write new code to replicate what it might lose, eBay has admitted that “Skype would be severely and adversely affected” and that “Skype’s business as currently conducted would likely not be possible”.