DCIA Members Introduce P2P Innovations

Feb 11, 2005

Members of the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) have announced a new secure payment solution, piracy-proof peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing software, advanced micropayment aggregation engine, and technology for integrating cell-phone and P2P payments.

Clickshare, a provider of advanced user management and payment services for digital content providers, and Digital Containers, a source for secure content distribution and integrated ecommerce for distributed networks, announced their collaboration to provide a secure payment solution for digital content in distributed computing environments. The advantages of the Clickshare - Digital Containers partnership is intended to ensure that content owners receive royalty payments for copyrighted or licensed materials, simplifying users' purchasing process, and easing registration concerns. The Clickshare - Digital Containers payment processing solution automatically handles the settlement of accounts and movement of payments so that publishers, artists, or other owners of digital content are properly compensated no matter how users gain access to the content--whether acquired from a Web site store, emailed from a friend, or downloaded using P2P software.

INTENT MediaWorks released a P2P software that is intended to block and filter unauthorized copyrighted works and sexually explicit material from being redistributed. The software, called iPeer, is a P2P file-sharing software application that operates on public P2P platforms, such as Gnutella, and allows only authorized content to be traded among P2P users. iPeer is available now for download. The software can scan thousands of computers per minute for licensed files, filtering out unauthorized material. INTENT has agreements with personal video recorder (PVR) manufacturers and cellular network providers to deliver branded and original production content through iPeer.

Javien Digital Payment Solutions launched its micropayment aggregation engine. Javien's aggregation engine is being released along with numerous other enhancements, such as a Web services module for improved customization. Javien is designed to allow digital content merchants to choose how they want to bundle small charges before processing them onto a credit card, based upon their specific business needs. For example, one merchant might determine 5 dollars as a threshold, another 10 dollars, with time-based rules also an option. Javien customers have the option of both stored value and aggregation for handling micropayments, with built-in support to submit transactions through many payment processors.

P2P Cash announced a patent-pending method to conduct ecommerce between P2P software programs and cellular telephones. P2P Cash's Intelligent Cash Units, or ICUs, are designed to guarantee secure transactions and cash transfers between individuals using an Internet-connected PC, any cell-phone worldwide, or both. Examples of use include guaranteeing the buying and selling of different forms of online content, including music, video, and contracts. P2P Cash will announce Letters of Intent with several key content companies within the next thirty days.

The DCIA is a not-for-profit trade organization supported with Membership dues contributed by participating companies. DCIA's mission is to advance the adoption of distributed computing technologies and the commercial development of business models based on them. It provides a forum for senior executive discussion, a medium for lobbying governmental authorities, and a vehicle for educating the public at large. DCIA's Members include Alston & Bird, Altnet, Bennett Lincoff, BlueMaze Entertainment, Claria Corporation, Clickshare, Digital Containers, Digital Static, Good Witch Records, Go-Kart Records, Grokster, Indie911, INTENT MediaWorks, Javien, Jeftel, Jun Group, MasurLaw, MusicDish Network, One Love Channel, P2P Cash, Predixis, Project V-G, Rap Station, RazorPop, Relatable, Seamless P2P, Shared Media Licensing, Sharman Networks, SMARTguard Software, Sovereign Artists, SVC Financial, and Trymedia Systems.