KaZaA offers paid content

update Exchange Service KaZaA has started offering paid content. It does this through a collaboration with Brilliant Digital Entertainment, which was previously discredited because it was sending software with KaZaA without Internet users being aware of it. In the search results of KaZaA now sponsored links appear that lead to paid content

update Exchange Service KaZaA has started offering paid content. It does this through a collaboration with Brilliant Digital Entertainment, which was previously discredited because it was sending software with KaZaA without Internet users being aware of it. In the search results of KaZaA now sponsored links appear that lead to paid content. The lawsuit against KaZaA will be continued in the Netherlands, Buma / Stemra will go to the Supreme Court.

The purpose of distributing the Brilliant software via KaZaA was to build a network within the KaZaA network under the name Altnet. Distributed content could be distributed via this network, it also offers the possibility to use computers as a distribution point when computing power or bandwidth exceed. The latter can be compared with the Seti @ home project for research into extraterrestrial life. After it was discovered in April that KaZaA had been distributing this software unnoticed for several months, a storm of criticism among internet users arose.

In an interview with Cnet, CEO Kevin Bermeister of Brilliant Digital Entertainment explained the intentions of his company once again. He was forced to do so, as programs were circulating with which Altnet could be removed from KaZaA again. The network within the network threatened to go up in smoke in this way. Bermeister agreed that too little attention had been paid to informing Internet users about the software that his company sends, in that respect the company promised improvement. KaZaA has also since reported what additional software is included.

Brilliant Digital has now launched the first product called TopSearch, which places links to paid content in the KaZaA search results. The companies behind this paid content, record companies and other providers of digital content, then pay Brilliant Digital for this listing, which in turn naturally pays KaZaA.

This week a test version will start, using content from the label 2K (EMI) and game software from Infogrames. The content will be packaged in security software from, among others, Microsoft and Trymedia Systems. After downloading, the secured file can be unpacked (paid) in various ways, including by paying via a micro payment. Brilliant Digital expects to be able to collaborate with telecom companies such as AT & T, which make micro payments possible via prepaid cards.

"TopSearch ensures that content providers and owners gain control over how their content is distributed across peer-to-peer networks, " Bermeister said in a statement. "Moreover, it ensures that companies can establish direct contact with their customers."

Bermeister also told the Washington Post and Cnet that in July a 'Digital Dashboard' will become available that KaZaA users can download. This makes their computer a distribution point within the network. In exchange for providing computer power and bandwidth, participants receive points that they can redeem for air miles, hotel stays and other products.

Happiness with the launch of his service had not Briliant Digital, almost simultaneously with the introduction of TopSearch, a new computer virus against KaZaA. The worm would allow computers to function more slowly, Cnet reports.

Buma / Stemra
Buma / Stemra will challenge KaZaA's previous ruling on copyright infringement at the Supreme Court. In March, KaZaA was still put in court by the judge on appeal. The reason was that a company that distributes software over the internet can not be held responsible for what the users then do with it.

The ruling led to a lot of discussion at home and abroad. It was not clear whether Buma / Stemra would appeal the decision. This is now the case, according to the ANP. Buma / Stemra remains of the opinion that the activities of KaZaA go beyond just making the software available, and the company also ensures that music is downloaded without copyright fees, according to Buma / Stemra.