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CNET News.com: Net film firm taps Gnutella for video sales

Jun 15, 2000, 12:18 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gwendolyn Mariano)

"An online movie distributor this week said it will try to sell videos using Gnutella's file-sharing software, issuing a challenge not only for itself, but for the company that has promised to protect files from piracy on the notoriously insecure network: Microsoft."

"Pennsylvania-based SightSound.com today said it plans to enlist Gnutella for commercial purposes--software that most copyright holders view as a dangerous tool for illegal copying. The experiment will carry SightSound's full-length feature movie content into the belly of the piracy beast under the protection of Microsoft's digital rights management (DRM) system."

"The move puts up for grabs on the Gnutella network a dozen encrypted movie files from Miramax Films, for which SightSound has secured online distribution rights. Once people obtain the file, they are required to rent or purchase a license to view the movie."

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