DCIA Members Announce Plans Post MGM v. Grokster Hearing

Members of the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) will announce plans in Los Angeles on Friday for commercial development of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing following the US Supreme Court’s hearing of oral arguments in the MGM v. Grokster case here yesterday.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 1, 2005 -- Members of the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) will announce plans in Los Angeles on Friday for commercial development of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing following the US Supreme Court’s hearing of oral arguments in the MGM v. Grokster case here yesterday.

New strategies and tactics for P2P business models, content origination, licensed content distribution, digital rights management, and payment solutions will be unveiled by DCIA Members MasurLaw, Jun Group , Intent MediaWorks, Digital Containers, and P2P Cash, respectively at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 1, 2005 during Digital Hollywood Spring (DHS) at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The DCIA now has 36 Member companies organized into three groups representing content rights holders, P2P software providers, and service companies.

DCIA Members currently distribute millions of authorized copies of copyrighted works each month via file sharing, both for promotional purposes and for sale, using P2P software programs distributed by fellow DCIA Members, such as Kazaa, Grokster, and TrustyFiles, as well as those distributed by other developers, such as BearShare, eDonkey, and LimeWire, through affiliation agreements.

DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty said, “Following yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing, we’re confident that it’s abundantly clear major entertainment companies will be much better off working with industry-leading P2P firms to commercially develop this most promising distribution channel, rather than continuing to boycott it. Thanks to independent musicians, film-makers, and the computer-games industry, our Members have demonstrated that P2P has the potential to be the largest and most lucrative medium ever for licensed content distribution.”

Top executives of DCIA Members will participate in Friday’s panel, including MasurLaw Founder & General Partner Steve Masur, Jun Group Principal Partner Mitchell Reichgut, Intent MediaWorks Founder & CEO Les Ottolenghi, Digital Containers CEO Chip Venters, and P2P Cash CEO Tom Meredith. On Thursday evening, the DCIA will also sponsor the entertainment for Digital Hollywood’s inaugural OnDemandies Awards dinner, featuring the music of DCIA Member Good Witch Records' extraordinarily talented Glenda Benevides.

About MasurLaw
MasurLaw is an intellectual property and business law firm, which has served some of the most innovative new companies in the entertainment and information technology sectors during the past ten years. Examples include digital music services, record labels, massively multiplayer games, independent films, mobile entertainment, payment systems, and finance.

About Jun Group
Jun Group is now a leading distributor of free licensed content in the global file-sharing community. Its patent-pending process delivers high-quality music, television, film, and video games to millions of consumers around the world who share files via P2P software programs and other applications. Last year, Jun Group brokered a deal that promoted Steve Winwood's music in the P2P marketplace sponsored by Hearst-Argyle’s “Access Hollywood.” Currently, the Jun Group distributes sponsored content to millions of consumers. Jun Group’s clients include Cadbury Schweppes, PALM Entertainment, NBC Enterprises, and others.

About Intent MediaWorks
Based in New York and Atlanta, Intent is a privately held distributed media company designed to help partners tap into and profit from secure distribution and commercialization of digital media. Intent is establishing a standard for legal, secure, and profitable distribution of digital media, and carving a niche as a trustworthy steward and savvy marketer of digital content. To date Intent has signed more than 300 small independent music labels and performing artists as content suppliers.

About Digital Containers
DCI creates and distributes digital rights management (DRM) software, allowing organizations and individuals to profitably package, protect, distribute, and monetize all types of digital content in P2P distribution. DCI’s DRM software operates on any device with a web browser/java virtual machine, including computers PDAs, and cell phones.

About P2P Cash
P2P Cash is the first company to leverage proprietary business rules and integration with public standards for financial information interchange (XML and Web Services) to create the Intelligent Cash Unit (ICU) standard for P2P direct payment systems. With its patent-pending ICU, P2P Cash acts as a digital container to manage business rules associated with P2P transactions, including electronic contracts, and to secure distribution of digital products.

About Good Witch Records
GWR is a progressive music label founded by performing artist Glenda Benevides, which has operated since 1999 in partnership with production company In The LITE Productions. GWR has produced albums, concerts, and music videos.

Background on the MGM v. Grokster Supreme Court Case
Under principles established by the Supreme Court, American capitalism has thrived by legally balancing the rights of creators of popular entertainment content with those of inventors of new distribution technologies for more than twenty years. Each party has enjoyed sufficient protections to incentivize continued production and innovation, and society has benefited from their output and progress.

In 1984, when the high court was asked to outlaw Sony’s Betamax VCR, it ruled that if a technology has the potential to be used for legitimate purposes, then the courts should not stand in its way. As a direct result of that judgment against the motion picture industry’s arguments, Hollywood developed the video sales-and-rental business with a revenue stream that grew to triple theatrical box-office receipts within a decade.

MGM v. Grokster brings these same issues into the digital realm and raises the even more challenging one of how to regulate the Internet, which already defies conventional geographic jurisdiction, continues to technically evolve at lightning speeds, and disrupts nearly every business it touches – ultimately to the benefit of consumers as well as commerce.

Instead of confronting industry-leading P2P software developers and distributors with lawsuits, major entertainment content providers should negotiate with the top file-sharing companies to explore new business models and develop requisite distribution agreements. The majors will find willing and resourceful partners where they have so far sought only to create adversaries.

About the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA)
The DCIA is a non-profit trade organization whose mission includes advancing the commercial development of P2P. DCIA's Members include Alston & Bird, Altnet, Bennett Lincoff, BlueMaze Entertainment, City Canyons Records, Claria Corporation, Clickshare Service, Digital Containers, Digital Static, Good Witch Records, Go-Kart Records, Grokster, Indie911, Intent MediaWorks, Javien, Jeftel, Jillian Ann, Jun Group, KlikVU, MasurLaw, MusicDish Network, One Love Channel, P2P Cash, Predixis, Project V-G, Rap Station, RazorPop, Relatable, Scooter Scudieri, Seamless P2P, Shared Media Licensing, Sharman Networks, SMARTguard Software, Sovereign Artists, SVC Financial, and Trymedia Systems. For more information, please call 888-864-DCIA or visit http://www.dcia.info.

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