How could they be in the driver's seat? Apparently, Zennstrom and Friis are biting the hand that feeds -- and, that strategy actually may pay off! The two founders have terminated a licensing agreement between eBay and one of their companies, Joltid (how many companies do these guys run while they hold down their full time jobs?). And, the New York Times reports that this dispute centers around the same peer-to-peer technology that is at the heart of Skype. Yes, that's right -- eBay/Skype's core I.P. may be at risk even though eBay paid $3.1 billion for it! (at least, Skype's founders apparently believe that their core P2P I.P. would be violated in the hands of anyone but themselves).
And if that spectre of clouded I.P. isn't enough to dissuade other would-be Skype suitors, then maybe the Kazaa cavalry will be sicked upon them!