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March 13, 2006
Volume 12, Issue 8

File Sharing: It's Great Business

Excerpted from The Guardian Report by Bernhard Warner

When the US Supreme Court ruled last year that two popular peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks had facilitated copyright infringement, digital rights advocacy groups predicted the stifling of innovation, while Hollywood moguls cheered the decision as a fatal blow to piracy.

How things can change in a few months. Today, P2P has an enormous user base - and names from the entertainment industry such as Sky, NTL, and Warner Bros. are rolling out services that rely solely on P2P technology. Millions use the technology to make free Internet-based phone calls through DCIA Member Skype.

On February 23rd, policy makers from the European Information Technology Observatory and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) presented a study to lawmakers in Brussels calling P2P technology an important catalyst for job creation and economic growth; they advised governments to allow the proliferation of P2P applications.

The biggest benefit of file-sharing technology may be felt in Hollywood. Warner Bros. broke ranks with other studios by announcing the rollout this spring of a European TV and movie download service based on P2P technology developed by DCIA Member arvato mobile, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann, which owns the music giant BMG.

And perhaps the most significant indication of P2P's rehabilitation came in November, when BitTorrent signed a deal with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). What makes the alliance so extraordinary is that BitTorrent users are downloading 650,000 movies daily, according to the MPAA. A year ago, lawyers might have cited such statistics as rationale for suing.

"The movie industry has seen the pain of the music industry and is determined not to go down that road," said Ashwin Navin, President & COO of BitTorrent Inc.

With more than 55 million users, studios see BitTorrent downloads as the next DVD market. As BitTorrent traffic accounts for roughly a third of all Internet traffic, telecommunications firms would like to work more closely with the outfit in a pay-for-download scheme.

One BitTorrent user who has benefited is 26-year-old Timo Vuorensola, from Tampere, Finland. Last year, Vuorensola and a crew of amateur actors and filmmakers created a feature-length "Star Trek" parody distributed solely over the Internet. The 550MB file has been downloaded 10 million times in the past six months, making it Finland's most popular film.

His success he owes to P2P, he said. "Some people - the older generation of filmmakers not so familiar with the Internet - might have seen 'Star Wreck' as some sort of bubble, which will explode. This is not a bubble. I believe it is a new form of film-making and film distribution."

Skype Dials for Business Dollars

Excerpted from Business Week Report by Olga Kharif

DCIA Member Skype wants to send a new message: it's not just for consumers anymore. The provider of cheap PC-to-PC communications for 75 million consumers worldwide is angling in earnest for business customers, too. The company unveiled Skype for Business, aimed at small companies with fewer than 10 employees, on March 9th. Skype for Business includes a new website, Skype.biz, as well as a host of features and hardware. While Skype has introduced features appealing to business users one-by-one for the past six months, the new announcement marks the beginning of a concerted effort.

Skype, under new owner eBay, could harness demand from businesses to drive growth and achieve profitability. About 30% of Skype users are already tapping the service for business, the company says. And, unlike consumers attracted to Skype's free calling, business users are willing to pony up for service. About 97% of them pay for SkypeOut, which allows for calls from a PC to a phone and costs 2 cents a minute. Among the business users, about 31% list a SkypeIn number on business cards, Skype says. That service lets people call into a PC from an outside phone and costs about $35.80 a year.

The new services are likely to appeal to users of eBay, which purchased Skype in October for $2.6 billion. Hundreds of thousands of small companies use eBay to carry out business, said Saul Klein, VP of Marketing for Skype in London.

But the appeal is likely to extend far beyond existing Skype and eBay customers. While demand for Voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) calling among consumers has taken off, it's just revving up among businesses and is expected to grow swiftly. Small businesses often can't afford the equipment needed to create their own networks, and purchasing the services from telecom providers can be costly.

Report from CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyIn late January we began to invite leading content and technology companies to join our Members in forming the P2P Digital Watermark Working Group (PDWG) to establish business standards and practices for the use of digital watermarking to help secure licensed content in the steadily growing P2P distribution channel.

We are very thankful for Digimarc's support of that effort, and are pleased with current progress that our Members and other industry participants are making in their introduction of new business models and technologies – real market solutions – that will enable P2P file sharing to reach its full potential as a mainstream channel for the distribution of copyrighted works.

P2P functionality, with attractive easy-to-use interfaces, expansive depth and breadth of available content, efficiency of discovery, speed of delivery, and addition of complementary features, continues to improve, particularly with the increasing integration of swarming technologies.

The consumer P2P marketplace as measured by average concurrent users and monthly cume P2P universe, both domestically and globally, also continues to demonstrate substantial growth.

During February, progress was made in recruiting participants and defining the mission and objectives for PDWG, and we are grateful to all who are investing their time and energy to contribute to this effort.

There is not yet an established system for protecting against the analog hole, exposure to which will be widened by current trends. The PDWG will actively engage in addressing this issue; and new forensics solutions, such as the protection services of Friend Media Technology Systems, will help tremendously.

The narrowing of the theatrical window for motion pictures ultimately will reduce online movie piracy, provided that file-protection, filtering, as well as forensics – the three Fs of file-sharing security – are deployed with care.

With properly balanced deployment, it will be possible to begin evolving towards such future practices as condensing the window for DVD and even offering day-and-date delivery of theatrical features for a premium price at home, to eliminate the piracy-only windows that now represent growing gaps in the digital video marketplace.

Meanwhile ad-supported licensed content delivery can generate enormous revenue – much as broadcasting grew to generate billions-per-year free to consumers before ever adding the equivalent of digital rights management (DRM) to charge for subscriptions and pay-per-view (PPV) and its successor video-on-demand (VOD).

A formative meeting of the PDWG is now scheduled for Wednesday March 29th at 8:30 AM, hosted by INTENT MediaWorks at its private suite in Loews Hotel Santa Monica, CA during Digital Hollywood, at which the PDWG mission statement will be presented for participant review and discussion.

The proposed mission of the PDWG will be to work jointly and cooperatively with leading content and technology companies to provide leadership in establishing common practices for the use of digital watermarking to secure and facilitate the legitimate consumption of licensed content through the P2P distribution channel.

P2P software providers are increasingly supportive of business practices and technological processes which will help ensure that licensed versions of copyrighted works, rather than unlicensed versions, are being redistributed in ways that generate revenue for rights holders and channel participants, and are in favor of forensics-supporting implementation of digital watermarking as an important step in realizing this transformation.

As the content community has already begun adoption and experienced success with digital watermarking technology for other purposes, the extension of their current uses of the technology into P2P environments should be a true win-win proposition.

Recommended PDWG objectives comprise enabling and leveraging the power and efficiencies of P2P file sharing, and expanded file-sharing channels, by offering consumers licensed content; providing P2P software providers with the ability to help rights holders effectively identify infringing copyrighted content so that appropriate action can be taken; and establishing P2P distribution models and technology implementations that are transparent to the end-user and easy for consumers to use.

Additional intended goals include creating an effective mechanism within the P2P environment to support e-commerce; as well as establishing and facilitating deployment of watermarking technology implementations to meet the above identified objectives in ways that can be sustained by all necessary participants.

A key issue before the PDWG will be how to reset the balance and establish a new equilibrium in the rapidly evolving and increasingly inter-related environment of decentralized file-sharing and swarming technologies. PDWG's path to progress includes completion of recruitment of a critical mass of participants broadly representing affected parties, identifying agreed upon-goals and deliverables, and publishing the mission statement and objectives of the working group once ratified by participants.

The PDWG will then plan to identify sub-groups to work on specific aspects of the mission and objectives and to set timelines and task owners for its goals and deliverables. We encourage interested qualified parties to call 888-864-3242 or e-mail PDWG@dcia.info to sign-up or for more information. Share wisely, and take care.

Online Video Comes of Age

Excerpted from Video Insider Report by Chris Young

Nearly every major player, from Yahoo to Google to Microsoft, is preparing a new platform that will make it easier for users to find and view online video. Companies like Scripps and Viacom have launched broadband "channels" where nearly all the content is video clips. And suddenly the traditional broadcast networks have discovered there is a market for paid downloads of their shows.

None of this has been lost on the advertising community. Increasingly viewers are blocked from accessing free content until they have watched a short commercial video. Video networks are providing huge value, too. Take for example, Broadband Enterprises, which has aggregated 450 million impressions from niche sites all over the Net.

Even the video download business has a stake in advertising. A new report by Points North Group says that online video downloads have a greater chance of success if they're ad-supported rather than paid. The firm found that by a margin of more than three-to-one, users prefer watching ads versus paying the now-standard $1.99 for commercial-free programs.

Demand for online video advertising is so great now that there is a shortage of inventory to support all of it. The demand is coming from every direction: auto makers, tourism, consumer packaged goods, even book publishers. And why shouldn't demand be great? Online video marries the best of television advertising with the interactivity and accountability of the Internet. But there are some significant differences in broadcast video and online video that advertisers need to be aware of.

William Crosby, SVP of Broadband at Scripps, has well over 25,000 hours of video content from various Scripps TV networks to work with online, but also likes original content shot specifically for broadband. "One of our challenges is that TV doesn't always work on the computer screen," he says. "We have a phrase that summarizes how to work in this new medium: shoot tight, light, bright."

There has been endless debate in the advertising community about the optimum length of online video spots. Some have advocated spots as short as :10, claiming that because users have the control to click the ad off, they won't stick around very long. But, from a review of over 500 online campaigns, on average people watch 21.04 seconds of a :30 online ad (equating to 70% of video content consumed).

Adding interactive elements engages users and increases branding as more clickable features are added. There is great momentum in the industry toward ad-management solutions guaranteed to be compatible with any video player and to run flawlessly on any website showing 15-30 second video ads before the streaming content that the user has selected to view.

80% of Advertisers Adopt Online

Excerpted from Center for Media Research Brief

According to the recent Outsell Annual Ad Spending Study to analyze differences across advertisers and the markets they target, advertisers are hooked on results they're getting from targeted and measurable online marketing methods.

Chuck Richard, VP & Lead Analyst for Outsell, suggests that print, TV/radio, and events will lose share in the marketing mix, but they don't come close to being blown away.

Marketers will continue to find strong value in the power of a mix of methods for reaching and influencing their prospects. He further opines that the 80% penetration of online marketing methods, already higher than widely reported, will quickly approach 100%.

Key other findings include: winner – search engine ad spending grows 26% in 2006; losers – print spending grows 3.3%, TV/radio 2.4%, both losing share; online is now used by 80% of advertisers, a massive adoption rate not broadly acknowledged – expect more than 90% adoption by 2008.

Total online marketing spending will grow 19% in 2006, 8 times TV/radio and 6 times print – estimate online growth at 20% CAGR extending into 2008; even more dramatic, the median online percent of ad mix will grow 50%; lead-generation using free content will grow 19%, driven by high conversion and users opting in; keyword ads are rated much more effective than contextual placement – expect contextual/behavioral/search combo to rise.

For more information about this study, please click here.

Skype Funders Back AllPeers

Excerpted from Red Herring Report

File-sharing company AllPeers received a first round of funding from two venture capital firms that backed last year's huge P2P winner, the VoIP service Skype.

AllPeers Co-Founder & CEO Cedric Maloux declined to disclose the amount of funding from Mangrove Capital Partners and Index Ventures, but said it was less than $5 million. The two venture firms were both investors in DCIA Member Skype, which eBay bought for $2.6 billion.

The three-year-old company makes an extension for Mozilla's Firefox browser that allows users to drag and drop files into an instant-messenger-style buddy-list window for the purposes of sharing them. It is set to go into beta-testing this month.

But perhaps in a sign of its potential, the firm has had 37,000 people sign up to try its browser-based application before it has even reached beta-testing.

Mangrove's Mark Tluszcz noted the similarity between Skype and AllPeers. "Both companies have looked beyond the misleading stigma attached to P2P to find new, innovative, and highly appealing ways to help people share and communicate."

AllPeers does not put limits on file size or the number of people with whom a file can be shared, though Mr. Maloux maintained the software is to be used for the purposes of trading non-copyrighted material between friends and family. It will act as a BitTorrent client when multiple people want the same file by having them share pieces of it among each other.

The young open-source Firefox browser counts more than 150 million downloads, which amounts to about 10% market share, with a stronger presence in Europe. Its extensibility has promoted an ecosystem of developers who bring added functionality, from simple tasks like embedding outdoor weather conditions to cool features like previewing and zooming-in on pages.

Crain Communications Chooses Clickshare

Crain Communications, the US trade publisher with premier titles in automotive, advertising, insurance, health-care, and regional-business markets, has chosen DCIA Member Clickshare for managing its online subscription processing and controlling user access to key websites.

Clickshare's patent-pending service uniquely provides both user-authentication and e-commerce services, as well as the option to link users among multiple independent domains for affinity-group marketing and privacy-protected purchasing.

"We are very pleased that we have partnered with Clickshare for our online registration and subscription processing," said Tomi Hubert, VP of Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Crain. "The Clickshare software provides us the robust interface that we need for our online registration and subscription processing, and the service is outstanding."

"Crain is one of the most respected names in trade publishing with an unparalleled reputation for journalistic independence," said Rick Lerner, Clickshare CEO. "The Crain family understands the value of unique, thorough reporting and information – and that's why we're so pleased to be assisting in securing the Crain relationship with its users and readers."

SVC Financial & Cardmarte

DCIA Member SVC Financial Services, a leading provider of mobile transaction technologies, announced a strategic relationship with Cardmarte, a world-class processor and provider of card management systems in the prepaid industry. By taking advantage of Cardmarte's robust processing system and tools developed specifically for the prepaid market, SVC will be able to focus its activities on the innovation and growth of the Scoot-enabled debit card.

Scoot Mobile Money is a unique new service launched by SVC that integrates a prepaid re-loadable ATM card with a cell-phone. Scoot allows anyone with a cell-phone, anywhere in the world to send and receive money, easily and securely transferring funds to friends and family in other countries. The recipient can collect the money at any participating ATM, and can also use the Scoot card to make purchases or pay bills online.

Cardmarte, which operates throughout Latin America and the US, possesses market-leading expertise and the ability to directly manage the implementation of the most up-to-date technology. The partnership will provide SVC with significant economies of scale and an unprecedented cost structure.

"SVC is poised to revolutionize the money transfer market, directly addressing the $46 billion/year remittance market to Latin America by providing low-cost services to the unbanked and underbanked," said Christopher Haigh, SVC President & CEO. "Our partnership with Cardmarte will allow us to offer highly competitive processing fees."

Digital River's FileKicker a Winner

SoftwareMarketingResource.com announced the winners of the First Annual Software Vendor Awards. The awards recognize top vendors that supply services or products to software developers and micro-isvs. Software developers and industry professionals voted for their favorite vendors in fifteen categories.

DCIA Member Digital River's FileKicker dominated the file hosting category, and was selected by software industry professionals who recognize Digital River's excellence in customer service, overall value, and innovative implementation.

AOL Plans P2P Download Service

Excerpted from BetaNews Report by Ed Oswald

AOL will add paid downloads to its website later this year in a planned rework of AOL's online video on-demand service. Programming will come from TimeWarner properties and other partners, and sell for $1.99 per download.

Eventually, the company plans to move to a variable price structure, which it hopes will entice programmers turned off by Apple's insistence on a standard cost for both video and audio sold through iTunes. AOL videos will not be viewable on the popular iPod due to Apple's resistance in allowing access to its FairPlay DRM technology.

AOL will make a service called In2TV available ahead of its paid download feature. Full-length episodes of popular programs such as "Welcome Back Kotter," "Beetlejuice," "Lois & Clark," "La Femme Nikita," and "Growing Pains," will be offered through six content channels.

15- and 30-second ad spots will be mixed into the video, limited to 1-to-2 minutes of advertising for every 30-minute show. The videos will be free as long as the user agrees to share them through a P2P-like service using technology from Kontiki. Videos will be recorded in AOL's new proprietary HiQ format, which combines P2P distribution with Windows Media technology.

LaLa – P2P NetFlix for CDs

Excerpted from The Register Report by Andrew Orlowski

A new start-up is updating the old idea of a swap meet for music fans. LaLa.com provides a site to find-and-trade CDs with other members. LaLa gives members a stack of cases and envelopes, and each CD acquired from other members costs $1 plus postage. That's as much, the company points out, as a single DRM-encumbered, low bit-rate song from Apple's online music "store" and somewhat less than the price of a ring-tone.

LaLa says it will set aside 20% of trading revenues to create a fund to compensate artists - who because of the "first sale doctrine" in US law, currently don't receive a penny from second-hand trades.

LaLa's CEO is serial entrepreneur Bill Nguyen, whose last venture was the mobile e-mail software company Seven. It's backed by a $9 million investment from Bain Capital and Ignition Partners. Nguyen wants it to be "eBay meets a great record store" and said he was fed up with the cold and soulless experience of services like iTunes.

LaLa set out to build a great website which makes finding music and browsing people's "trade" lists really easy. Users can send messages to other members, add a blog, and download a plug-in which shows what they're listening to. Adding CDs is painless if they are already in the system.

Like BitTorrent and DCIA Member Shared Media Licensing's Weed, LaLa rewards participation – the more you trade, the more you get. But like NetFlix, it also encourages apathy. If you don't trade, you lose the habit.

Blinkx Implicit Search Toolbar

Blinkx, the creator of a popular video search engine, will soon launch Pico, a downloadable search toolbar that relies on implicit search technology to deliver users content before they even ask for it. The desktop tool, similar to the Google Sidebar, will look contextually at what a user is doing on the Internet and automatically offer related links through several categorized channels. The links will be sorted into news, video, images, blogs, wikipedia, shopping, people, and a number of other "smart folders" that users may customize to meet their own surfing needs.

The company is excited about prospects for the technology, because it reverses the normal search process. Instead of disrupting a web activity to perform a search, Pico will save time and give users what they are looking for automatically.

"With Pico, we turned the search paradigm on its head, and asked, 'What if search could be brought to you?'" said Suranga Chandratillake, Founder & CTO of Blinkx. "While Microsoft and Apple have talked about the potential of implicit search before, Blinkx has once again pre-empted others by making it reality first. More than anything, Pico is about the possibility of search-less search."

Blinkx plans to include sponsored listings in each of these channels, which will be a highly useful contextual tool for advertisers. The shopping channel in particular will be a portal through which retailers can immediately pitch their wares to customers who already have a related interested in their field.

Siemens Unveils P2P Product

Excerpted from Telecom Paper Report

Siemens unveiled its P2P technology for voice communications in the business environment, called HiPath BizIP.

HiPath BizIP shifts the switching intelligence that used to be concentrated in the PBX to desktop sets themselves. This means that these phones can be connected directly to existing LAN infrastructure and eliminate the need for a separate PBX.

The phones locate each other and configure themselves via the integrated software and are instantly ready to use. The system is easily scalable from two to 16 terminals.

Each phone has an integrated answering machine and supports all the usual enhanced features such as caller lists, group calls, call diversion, three-way conferences, and swapping between calls.

New BitTorrent Client Emerges

Excerpted from Digital Music News Report by Richard Menta

µTorrent, now one of the most popular BitTorrent clients, released a major update to its application this week. The client has risen from near-obscurity to widespread recognition in a matter of months. Version 1.5 is notable for two key additions.

The first is Protocol Encryption, designed to ensure that users can enjoy secure and private trading. The use of end-to-end encryption has already generated a rebuke from BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen, who has voiced his opposition to introducing this technology into the protocol.

The second key addition is the introduction of Peer Exchange, also know as PEX. Peer Exchange is another method for gathering peers for BitTorrent to reduce the load on trackers and improve service. The update also offers an array of minor feature additions and bug fixes.

In related news, µTorrent has signed a six month development deal with PeerFactor to develop new, authorized content distribution schemes for the Internet. The deal, which reveals µTorrent's aspirations to build commercial products, will generate income through advertising to be shared by both companies.

The initiative is a positive one for various content industries, particularly Hollywood studios. For the music industry, the BitTorrent phenomenon mainly applies to power file-traders, who are using the protocol to swap entire albums or artist catalogs. But the heavy-duty BitTorrent can also shuttle entire digital movie copies over the internet with ease, potentially creating a massive disruption ahead for Hollywood.

Peer Impact Adds HitPredictor

Excerpted from Digital Media Wire Report

Wurld Media, operator of the Peer Impact P2P file-sharing service, said that it has partnered with Promosquad HitPredictor, a predictive song research company. Under the deal, Peer Impact users will be able to rate songs using the Promosquad service, earning points that can be redeemed for paid downloads on the Peer Impact Network. Peer Impact users will also be able to browse the HitPredictor charts to discover new music.

P2P Debate in France

Excerpted from Afterdawn Report

The French Government is attempting to overcome a rebellion by its own lawmakers who aimed to introduce a "global license" that would legalize file sharing.

Under a global license, French people could download as much copyrighted material online as they wished for a monthly fee of only a few euros, which would be passed on to rights holders.

UFC-Que Choisir, France's largest consumer organization, on Tuesday urged deputies "not to go against the tide of digital history" by abandoning the legalization of file sharing.

In an initial proposal that preceded the global license alternative, jail time and fines of up to 300,000 euros were proposed as penalties, but now the fines have dropped to between 38 and 150 euros. Jail time would be reserved for those who distribute software to circumvent copy protection.

"Our objective is reconciliation," Culture Minister Donnedieu de Vabres told lawmakers. The new draft would "ensure that there is a maximum of music and film accessible on the Internet while respecting copyright, the rights of artists and creators who own their work."

The latest draft would shield DRM technology from challenges under French laws that grant consumers the right to make copies of music and film for private use. Instead a government-appointed panel would supervise DRM mechanisms to make sure they allow limited private copying. It would also force online music stores to sell downloads that can be played on all MP3 players, etc. A vote is expected March 14th.

Coming Events of Interest

  • Web 2.0: Engaging the Long Tail – March 15th at Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA. The next generation of online services, referred to as "Web 2.0," is introducing a number of opportunities for brands to engage consumers in new ways: social networks, blogs, podcasts, tags, wikis, social bookmarks, etc. This panel, moderated by MIT Professor Henry Jenkins III, will explore this burgeoning category of digital communications.

  • GDC 06 Panels – DCIA Member Trymedia Systems, the games division of Macrovision, will bring together industry experts to participate in three sponsored panels slated to cover digital distribution, content protection, and game advertising at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose, CA. The sessions will take place on March 22nd and are open to all GDC attendees.

  • Ultra Music Festival – DCIA Member Jillian Ann will perform live with Kevens at the Ultra Music Festival on March 25th in Miami, FL. Their performance will draw on Jillian's material from her upcoming release "Somewhere." Kevens' music, which binds together, rock, drum & bass, and reggae, will be available for purchase on iTunes starting March 21st.

  • 2nd Annual Interactive Promotion Summit – March 26th at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV. The Interactive Promotions Summit is the key annual industry event for the Interactive Promotion Industry. Industry thought leaders, agencies, analysts, 300 major brand marketers, and media will converge to reveal current trends and share best practices.

  • Digital Media Revenue Strategies – March 27th at Digital Sandbox, New York, NY. Advancements in delivering and monetizing digital assets are happening at an extraordinary pace. Find out how leading edge B2B media companies have used digital technology to increase revenue, streamline operations, and open up new markets.

  • Omma West Conference and Expo-Hollywood – March 27th-28th in Los Angeles. The rash of technology innovations and content syndication deals over the past year, coupled with consumer adoption of broadband, DVRs, VOD, and an unwavering insistence on media control, are taking the shape of an infrastructure the media industry's most forward thinking prophets have long heralded. The Internet is now becoming what it was meant to be – the distribution channel for all media.

  • Digital Hollywood Spring – An expanded agenda of events will be featured during the 17th Annual Digital Hollywood Spring at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Los Angeles, CA March 27th-30th. Digital Hollywood is the leading gathering of entertainment, media and technology executives. The DCIA will moderate the "Next Generation P2P" panel featuring Andy Cooper, President, INTENT MediaWorks; Billy McNair, CEO, Peerflix; Chip Venters, CEO, Digital Containers; John Beezer, President, Shared Media Licensing; Leslie Poole, CEO, Javien Digital Payment Solutions; Robert Summer, Executive Chairman, iMesh; and Srivats Sampath, President & CEO, Mercora.

  • MIPDOC and MIPTV – MIPDOC is the international showcase for documentary screenings April 1st–2nd at the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France; and MIPTV featuring MILIA – is the world's largest audiovisual and digital content market for mobile, iTV, and broadband distribution April 3rd–7th at the Palais des Festivals also in Cannes, France.

  • First Annual DCIA Conference & Expo – June 22nd, Tysons Corner, McLean, VA. Panel tracks at this first-ever global "P2P Media Summit" will cover policy, marketing, and technology issues affecting commercial development of the emerging file-sharing industry. Exhibits and demonstrations will feature industry-leading products and services. DCIA Member Alston & Bird's Aydin Caginalp and Renee Brissette will conduct a special session on corporate value optimization for firms in the distributed computing industry. Plan now to attend. For sponsor packages and speaker information, please contact Karen Kaplowitz at 888-890-4240 or karen@dcia.info. DCIA Member Music Dish Network is our media sponsor.

  • Washington Digital Media Conference – June 23rd at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, McLean, VA. An executive briefing on emerging business, policy, and technology issues & opportunities. This is a must-attend event for media, entertainment and technology businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies involved in the digital distribution of media. The Washington Post calls the event: "a confab of powerful communicators and content providers in the region."

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