Record labels find a way to work with P2P

Adegoke, Yinka
November 2004
New Media Age;11/11/2004, p12
Trade Publication
This article deals with the controversy raised in the music and Internet industries by SonyBMG regarding its plan to offer its content on peer-to-peer (P2P) services in 2004. And many record company executives now privately acknowledge that if they had tried to work with Napster in 2000, then the P2P situation might not have got to the level it later did. This is why the proposal coordinated by Wayne Rosso, ex-CEO of P2P service Grokster, under a new P2P service dubbed Mashboxx, might work. It would enable Sony BMG--home to Destiny's Child and Britney Spears--to offer its copyrighted content on a P2P network for the first time. It is worth noting that SonyBMG content has been available for some time for free on numerous P2P networks, as have other record companies. But the combined weight of legal action from music trade bodies in the U.S. and Europe against consumers who use these networks illegally, alongside heavy spoofing of P2P networks with false music files by record companies, numbers have begun to fall on some services. Hence, this is a good time to launch Mashboxx, a desktop file-sharing client based on the Areas decentralised P2P network, with plug-ins to other networks including Fast Track and Gnutella. The first attempt at a legal P2P network in Great Britain was launched by music download service Wippit. INSET: THE MASHBOX MUSIC OFFERING.


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