A licensing dispute could see the demise of voice-over-IP telephony service Skype.
A report in the Sydney Morning Herald reveals that eBay is having a licensing dispute with the Skype founders which could see it closing down the service.
Skype boasts about 480-million signed up users, with about 40-million active daily users. The service carries about 8% of international voice traffic.
eBay acquired Skype in 2005, from founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Fris – but the purchase agreement left out the peer-to-peer technology that drives the software.
Since 2005, eBay has been licensing this technology from Zennstrom and Fris through their new company Joltid, but the two have now revoked that agreement.
The matter is currently before the UK's High Court, with eBay seeking to force Joltid to license the technology.
The implications of it losing, however, could see Skype shut down.