More on P2P Post-Grokster: The Push For Legitimacy

All too often, P2P and file-sharing are used as synonyms for illegal activity when each can be used in myriad legitimate — and legal — ways. Educating entertainment execs, legislators and the general public was a prime challenge prior to the recent U.S. Supreme Court Grokster decision; so far, the post-Grokster confusion isn’t making it any easier.

Reuters/Yahoo: Sony/BMG has signed on with P2P pioneer iMesh, which once battled with the labels but now has Sony Music President Robert Summer as executive chairman and a legit mission. Universal Music Group may be next, according to Billboard.

AFP/Yahoo: The latest download stats show paying for music online is catching on. Nielsen SoundScan reports that the number of authorized downloads tripled year over year: 159 million songs January-June 2005 compared with 55 million in the same 2004 period.

International Herald Tribune:The IHT cites a Microsoft P2P research project and the Supreme Court decision as evidence that P2P is “going mainstream,” then reminds readers it’s not all about music. Skype, for instance, is only one of a growing number of applications and services based on the shared power of networks. While the focus has been on the court cases, several P2P companies — Mercora, Peer Impact, Weed — looking for legitimacy have been plugging away. Peer Impact has been wooing the RIAA intensely; CEO Greg Kerber told PCMag’s Libe Goad the recording industry association “has really taken the brunt of some bad PR.” More details about the various services. Also, can even the most legitimacy-craving P2P company feel completely safe post-Grokster?

Wired News: Passing laws against digital distribution of copyrighted material is no guarantee that good behavior will follow — at least in Sweden, where other laws make it difficult to actually track down perpetrators.

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