A free computer program used for file-sharing has become the most downloaded piece of software ever, its parent company announced on Thursday.



The program, Kazaa, lets users locate and download music and video files from each other over the internet. This and similar programs have attracted the wrath of the entertainment industry for making it very simple to share copyrighted works.



Sharman Networks says its program has now been downloaded more than 230 million times, placing it ahead of instant messaging program ICQ in the list of all time downloads.
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