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The DCIA Welcomes Grokster Settlement
By Mi2N
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2005-11-19
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The Distributed Computing Industry Association (www.dcia.info), which focuses on peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and last week committed to support P2P deployment in the People's Republic of China, welcomed today's declaration of peace by DCIA Member Grokster and the major music labels and movie studios.

"This is one more step along the path to commercial development of the P2P distribution channel. For two years, the DCIA has assembled providers of technology solutions and advocates of new business models to collaborate on the expansion of this most promising medium for entertainment marketing. We look forward with alacrity to the launch of Grokster3G." said DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty in making the announcement.

"The stage is now set for the widespread conversion of file sharers to such authorized implementations of P2P technologies, and we encourage industry participants to focus on usage migration, which will help grow the marketplace for digital content," he added.

"This settlement provides added impetus for the P2P distribution channel to grow and flourish. P2P digital rights management (DRM) technologies and micro-payment services have been proven with computer games, software, and independent music and films. Major labels and studios can avail themselves of these tools to develop P2P marketplace solutions securely."

"Speaking personally rather than in an official capacity as the DCIA's CEO, I would add this. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to team with Grokster representatives on working groups and on special projects that they have undertaken. Whether making extraordinary efforts to reach out to major entertainment rights holders with flexible approaches for licensing their content for P2P distribution, leading the charge to develop and deploy important consumer disclosures, or creating and testing innovative techniques for deterring traffic in criminally obscene content, Grokster has been an exemplary player – a responsive and responsible leader – that has been too often wrongly smeared by our industry's opponents."

"We encourage all affected parties to come to the table now and develop new business partnerships. The top six movie studios and top four music labels, which claim to control 90% of popular entertainment content distribution, can now move forward to license authorized P2P services using this highly efficient and extremely popular channel for the distribution of their copyrighted works. P2P file-sharing technologies are part of the larger movement to an increasingly distributed computing environment. This kind of technological progress is inevitable – embracing it to harness its capabilities will prove to be much more gainful than resisting or trying to stop it," Lafferty concluded.

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