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StreamCast Networks, which distributes the popular Morpheus file-swapping software, has hired a new attorney, lobbyist and public relations firm to shore up its legal fight against the record and movie industries. The company's former attorney, who had a history of successfully fighting the record industry on technology issues, quit last month after StreamCast said it couldn't afford his legal bills. The new firm, Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, has considerable experience with intellectual property issues. StreamCast also hired lobbyist Ellen Stroud, who previously worked with Silicon Valley political organization TechNet and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
StreamCast Networks and software company Paltalk have signed a deal to offer people who use the Morpheus file-swapping service the ability to send instant messages. Under the deal, StreamCast and Paltalk said they will offer the Morpheus Messenger to all Morpheus users with the launch of Morpheus 2.0, expected this month. Although the service will be free, people will also have the option to upgrade to another version, called Morpheus Plus, that offers video capability for $9.95 for three months or $24.95 per year. StreamCast has been waging a legal fight against the big record labels over its file-swapping service. Last week, StreamCast attorney Andrew Bridges, a partner with high-profile Palo Alto, Calif., law firm Wilson Soncini Goodrich & Rosati, said he is withdrawing from the case and that StreamCast is seeking new counsel. New York-based Paltalk develops software for videoconferencing, instant messaging and voice e-mail.