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January 28, 2008
Volume XX, Issue 10

QTRAX Attracts 61,000 Unique Visitors per Hour

CANNES, FRANCE and NEW YORK, NY - January 28th - QTRAX, the world’s first free and legal peer-to-peer (P2P) music service announced that at today’s V.2 beta launch, its ground-breaking service had approximately 61,000 unique users per hour (between 7AM and 1PM US ET). This translates to approximately 1,464,000 unique users per day. QTRAX believes that a significant percentage of users were unable to access the site due to this massive demand and has now dramatically increased its download capacity.

"The response to the service is clearly unprecedented. We launched at MidemNet/Midem, the leading music industry conference, precisely because of the degree of support we have had and continue to enjoy from rights holders," said QTRAX President & CEO Allan Klepfisz. "We believe the exact nature of that support will be publicly clarified within a very short time. As the world’s first free and legal P2P service that has chosen to spend 4.5 years on licensing and not to violate IP rights, we have decided that we will provide activation keys shortly upon final execution of all pertinent contracts."

In the meantime, users will be able to enjoy all other functionalities of the QTRAX browser including importing and playing their existing music, browsing the vast and rich content, purchasing artist merchandise and tickets, and, for the first time, enjoying a fully integrated browsing and music experience.

The activation keys will enable users to experience full QTRAX V.2 Beta functionality, including search, download, access content, and play.

QTRAX has created a dynamic new music distribution model that represents a paradigm shift in the way people consume music, how the industry can monetize their catalogs, and how artists get paid. The application download is available immediately at www.QTRAX.com

QTRAX Aims to Offer iPod-Friendly Tracks

Excerpted from Associated Press Report by Alex Veiga

A revamped online file-sharing service aims to woo legions of music fans by offering unlimited, free song downloads that are compatible with iPods, and all with the blessing of major recording companies.

QTRAX, which made its debut Sunday at MidemNet/Midem in Cannes, France, is the latest online music venture counting on the lure of free music to draw in music fans and on advertising to pay the bills, namely record company licensing fees.

The New York-based service was among several peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing applications that emerged following the shutdown of Napster, the pioneer service that enabled millions to illegally copy songs stored in other music fans' computers.

QTRAX shut down after a few months following its 2002 launch to avoid potential legal trouble.

The latest version of QTRAX still lets users tap into file-sharing networks to search for music, but downloads come with copy-protection technology known as digital-rights management (DRM) to prevent users from burning copies to a CD and calculate how to divvy up advertising sales with labels.

QTRAX downloads can be stored indefinitely on PCs and transferred onto portable music players, however.

The service, which boasts a selection of up to 30 million tracks, also promises that its music downloads will be playable on Apple iPods and Macintosh computers as early as April.

That's unusual, as iPods only playback unrestricted MP3 files or tracks with Apple's proprietary version of DRM, dubbed FairPlay.

"We've had a technical breakthrough, which enables us to put songs on an iPod without any interference from FairPlay," said Allan Klepfisz, QTRAX's chief executive.

Klepfisz declined to give specifics on how QTRAX will make its audio files compatible with Apple devices, but noted that "Apple has nothing to do with it."

Apple has been resistant in the past to license FairPlay to other online music retailers. That stance has effectively limited iPod users to loading up their players with tracks purchased from Apple's iTunes Music Store, or MP3s ripped from CDs or bought from vendors such as eMusic or Amazon.com.

QTRAX users can also download music videos and comb through album reviews, lyrics, and other features. The service guarantees that users will never download spyware, adware, or bogus audio files often found on file-sharing networks.

As long as the DRM on downloads and advertising in the QTRAX application aren't too obtrusive, the music service may appeal to computer users now trolling for tracks via LimeWire and other unlicensed services, Enderle said.

"This is a way to get the stuff for free and not take the risk of having the (recording industry) show up at your doorstep with a six-figure lawsuit," he said.

World's First Free & Legal P2P Music Service

Excerpted from eCoustics Report

With 25-to-30 million copyrighted tracks, QTRAX offers the largest legal music catalog ever. On January 27th, QTRAX announced that it is launching its ground-breaking P2P music service at MidemNet/Midem, the world's leading music business conference.

Showcasing an innovative ad-supported downloading model that easily directs revenue back to artists and rights holders, QTRAX is the first free P2P service to be fully embraced by the music industry. With a base catalog estimated at between 25 and 30 million copyrighted tracks from all the major labels, publishers, and a host of leading indies, QTRAX has the largest legal library of any music service on the market.

QTRAX has created a dynamic new music distribution model that represents a paradigm shift in the way people consume music, how the industry can monetize its catalogs, and how artists get paid. "QTRAX is a magical and game-changing service that revolutionizes the way fans consume digital music," said QTRAX President and CEO Allan Klepfisz. "We will provide a vastly better service than unauthorized sites with superior technology, alluring and vast content, and free music that won't get you arrested. QTRAX makes other services look as outdated as the cassette tape." 

The service will be available at midnight Sunday (US EST) at www.QTRAX.com. For more information and videos. Please click here.

Report from CEO Marty Lafferty

Photo of CEO Marty LaffertyQTRAX officially debuted today in Cannes, France at MidemNet/Midem with a standing-room-only (SRO) morning press conference and follow-on launch party featuring a live performance by the Sugarhill Gang, and continuing tonight with a concert featuring James Blunt.

The celebration of this groundbreaking service resumes tomorrow with a live performance by LL Cool J and Tuesday with a final QTRAX Midem concert starring Don Henley. In the words of one observer, "The world of music distribution has been forever changed!"

QTRAX (www.QTRAX.com) is, in its own words, the "world's first free and legal P2P music service."

Based in New York City, QTRAX is a subsidiary of Brilliant Technologies Corporation, a publicly traded technology holding company.

Unlike earlier unauthorized P2P networks, QTRAX has acquired licenses from the music industry. QTRAX has been fully endorsed by labels, publishers, artists, and other music rights holders.

QTRAX is totally free. There are no membership fees, no a la carte downloading costs, no costs - period. The service represents a true industry breakthrough as the first ad-supported P2P music destination.

In exchange for exposing its users to some ads here and there, QTRAX directs revenue from the advertisers back to the rights holders. The ads on QTRAX are similar to those found on any other website. Users can download as many songs as they want.

The company will focus mainly on providing a place where fans can download high-quality music tracks, but will also have an unparalleled selection of content, including: concert tickets, music videos, artist documentaries, interviews, merchandise, album reviews, lyrics, and biographies.

QTRAX has successfully signed licensing deals with the major labels, music publishers, and leading independents.

Because QTRAX works on a P2P network, its catalog is huge and keeps growing. As a point of comparison, it will be about five times as large as the largest conventional online music stores at launch and offer more than 25 million unique tracks.

QTRAX operates in true P2P fashion as a collection of computers that are all connected to one network. When users sign on to the network, they can share data such as audio files with anyone else on the network and vice versa.

Downloading tracks on QTRAX will in general be faster than any other alternative. There is no limit to the number of times users can listen to songs they download from QTRAX. They can listen to any track they want as many times as they want.

QTRAX uses a DRM system that counts plays - but does not restrict plays. Consumers simply visit www.QTRAX.com and download the free software, which will allow them to begin downloading music almost immediately. Users can also get the free QTRAX software on leading download sites.

QTRAX will never deliver spyware or adware. There will be no spoofs on QTRAX. The QTRAX music file format is as good in quality as an MP3 and frequently better quality than is available on unauthorized services. QTRAX is Firefox-based and compatible with other popular browsers.

QTRAX is available in a number of countries at launch, with more expected to join the network throughout the year. Share wisely, and take care.

Legal File-Sharing Service Touts Free Music with Ads 

Excerpted from Reuters Report by Yinka Adegoke

QTRAX, a new legal online file-sharing service that allows fans to download songs for free, said on Sunday it will launch with 25 million to 30 million copyrighted tracks with backing from major labels. 

The free service will be funded through advertising revenue that QTRAX will share with the music companies. QTRAX executives said the company's DRM technology will count the number of times each song has been played in order to fairly compensate artists and rights' holders, without restricting consumer use. 

The company has focused on ensuring that its network is free of spyware or adware such as pop-ups common on many P2P networks to improve the customer experience. 

"If you want people to come to a legal environment it has to be demonstrably better," said chief executive Allan Klepfisz. 

P2P services, which allow fans to exchange digital media files quickly and easily, have been controversial for media companies because the technology enables unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material. 

Music companies have been badly hit as fans flocked to P2P services like LimeWire and e-Donkey to download millions of free songs rather than buy CDs or legal downloads from Apple's iTunes digital store. 

The music trade organizations have used litigation with varying degrees of success to try and close down P2P services they argue are promoting piracy. 

Klepfisz said the privately held QTRAX will help music companies by allowing fans to achieve a balance between the ease of use of a free P2P service with the need to compensate artists and songwriters. QTRAX has deals with all four major companies including Vivendi's Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI Group. 

To take advantage of the free but legal service, the user will download QTRAX software which displays adverts while the user is searching and downloading songs. 

The site will feature special sections including one called 'Last Night' where users can search for newly added tracks from live concerts that were recorded the night before. 

It will also feature music videos, artist documentaries, interviews, album reviews, and biographies among other features. QTRAX is not the first service to offer free songs for download with advertising support. 

Last September, SpiralFrog launched an ad-supported free service with music from just one of the major record companies Universal Music. It is still in talks with other labels.

Major Labels Allow P2P Music Sharing on QTRAX

Excerpted from Wired Music By Eliot Van Buskirk

After years of fighting P2P file-sharing companies, the major record labels have decided that if they can't beat them, they might as well join them -- in one case, anyway. At the MidemNet/Midem conference in Cannes, QTRAX announced deals with all of the major music labels and publishers to offer the first free and legal ad-supported P2P service to include major label music.

"You can't change the attitudes and habits of what is now probably amounting to two generations who believe that music ought to be free on the Internet," said QTRAX CEO Allan Klepfisz. "Those people are not going to be discouraged by Supreme Court decisions, they're not going to be discouraged by technological interference. Ultimately, what will discourage them is a demonstratively better service."

Klepfisz pegs the catalog of the service at over 25 million songs, which would dwarf those of iTunes and other online music stores. The songs will be wrapped in Microsoft's Windows Media subscription DRM. This means that unlike the free, ad-supported services offered by imeem and Last.fm, QTRAX's songs can be downloaded onto compatible players. The application is based on the Songbird engine, so sharing and downloading occurs within a Firefox browser - no separate application required.

As of now, the tracks are not compatible with the Apple iPod, but Klepfisz said that the service would be compatible with iPods before too long - an indication that Apple could apply the subscription technology developed for iTunes Movie Rentals to the music market.

To get the industry onboard with P2P, QTRAX signed over "the lion's share of revenue" to labels and publishers, paying out on per-download and per-play bases. The site also categorized the music of the world into three lists. One list includes artists who do not permit their music to be made available online in any capacity. "The blacklist is fast-disappearing - my prediction is that in a year, the blacklist won't be in existence," said Klepfisz. The white list consists of the standard digital catalogs from the major and indie labels - the same five-plus million songs that are on iTunes.

The gray list constitutes the difference between what's available on iTunes and what's available on BitTorrent. "Then you have the gray list, which is that vast body of stuff that's out there on P2P, where there are rights holders, but the rights holders themselves may not even know that a song is being downloaded frequently... To the best of our ability, we identify the rights holders and pay them a percentage of the advertising revenue. In the minority of cases where we can't identify a rights holder, we will actually put up the song for claiming, and will reserve the portion of the ad pie until that song is appropriately claimed." As with other free, ad-supported services, revenue comes from advertisers who want to target ads to specific types of listener.

Advertisers have long understood the power of music to move product, and some have developed specific music strategies for working with new services such as QTRAX, according to Klepfisz. But without the labels' sign-off on this service, a sanctioned P2P service of this size never would have been possible.

With these deals, the labels have demonstrated openness towards revenue streams that deviate from the record store model.

"This is a tacit acknowledgment that 'bulletproof' wasn't working," said IDC consumer audio analyst Susan Kevorkian. "And it hasn't been working. But it was an experiment the music industry needed to undertake in order to figure out how to address digital distribution. It was a very long learning process, but fortunately there's still the possibility of finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."

QTRAX Throws Down Gauntlet

Excerpted from Melbourne Herald Sun by Nui Te Koha

A RADICAL online music service offering free song downloads will launch today.

File-sharing site QTRAX, funded by advertisers and backed by the pop industry, will begin with five million songs - similar to online music store iTunes.

And its Melbourne pioneer says he plans to eventually deliver about 25 million free songs.

The site, launched in Cannes, France, with stars James Blunt and LL Cool J, could signal the death knell for CDs and challenge iTunes.

"This will profoundly change music" QTRAX chief Allan Klepfisz said. "Once the genie is out of the bottle, the industry won't turn back. It's time for free music."

Big record companies, which have sued file sharing or peer-to-peer sites, back QTRAX, which has licensing agreements with EMI, SonyBMG, Universal Music and Warner Music.

Mr. Klepfisz, 52, of Camberwell, has been working on QTRAX for eight years, first in Melbourne and then in New York. Artists and record labels were supporting QTRAX to stem a losing fight against stolen music, and QTRAX would compensate artists, unlike illegal music download sites, he said.

Record companies would get an equal split of advertising revenue and royalty fees from QTRAX.

Legal P2P Music Service QTRAX

Excerpted from Silicon Alley Insider Report by Peter Kafka

QTRAX is launching. The company held a press conference to discuss the launch at the MidemNet/Midem music conference in Cannes. QTRAX is a legal, ad-supported version of the P2P services that are killing the music business. That's a tall order, but the gist is this:

Users will download a proprietary program, built on the open source Songbird platform. The program is QTRAX's all-in-one search engine, player, and revenue generator. You'll download songs via the software, and play them on the software, which is where the service will serve up display ads. It will give the labels about two-thirds of each dollar of ad revenue it generates - essentially the same split that Apple offers now for its download sales. 

All four major labels are on board. That means the service will be able to offer close to the 5 million songs that Apple's iTunes currently sells - for free. Stuff that's still not cleared by labels for digital distribution - like the Beatles - still won't be available. The issue is what to do about the huge catalog of "grey" music: stuff that the labels could license but haven't yet, like live recordings or demos. 

The service is PC-only, but QTRAX says it will have a Mac version available by March 18th. It says its player will allow you to import all of your existing music, including music purchased on iTunes or other services. QTRAX has to provide users a service that's at least as good as the free P2P services.

Legal Music Downloads - for Free

Excerpted from Channel 4 Report by Benjamin Cohen

New music download site QTRAX will offer customers free and legal songs to download - but what does this mean for sites that charge?

Good news for music fans. A music download site called QTRAX with a library containing over 25 million songs has been unveiled offering customers free and legal songs to download. 

Unlike the previous illegal sites opposed by the industry, this site will give the music industry two thirds of the revenue generated from the adverts that come with the downloads. But the site has huge implications for existing sites that charge.

To view the Channel 4 report, please click here.

QTRAX Promises Legal P2P Music Sharing Service

Excerpted from Gizmodo Report

We have long thought the acronym P2P was the very antonym of the word legal, but QTRAX, a new P2P music-sharing service, has plans to rewrite the geek dictionary.

Here's the skinny: The service is free, completely. QTRAX offers an unlimited service. It is supported by the four major labels, as well as smaller, niche music groups, and that means it will have a start-up music library of over 25 million songs. That is about four times bigger than iTunes, and about 100% cheaper.

We know what you are thinking; is this all smoke without fire? Short answer; we're not sure, but QTRAX is hitting soon. Very, very soon.

Sunday night, in fact, is the day the service goes live, and we cannot hold our wee we're so excited. Initially, only Windows Vista and XP will be supported, but the Macboys and girls see some action on March 18th.

The system will work by tracking all downloads, royalties will then be issued accordingly.

QTRAX Launches Today with Free P2P Music Downloads

Excerpted from Afterdawn Report

A new free music download service is getting ready to launch. A P2P-based service called QTRAX is going live today, offering 100% ad-supported music downloads, and a selection of over 25 million songs. A Mac OS X beta is coming in March.

QTRAX will be paying royalties based on how often each downloaded song is played. 

One area where QTRAX certainly distinguishes itself is the selection of music, where it appears to have better than a 20:1 advantage against its closest competitors. 

It has deals with all four major labels - Vivendi's Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI Group. 

Of course, with DRM comes concerns about whether the songs will be playable on portable music players. As usual, there's at least one platform that isn't supported, and that's the iPod. While many of Apple's loyal customers will no doubt blast QTRAX over this, it's Apple's choice not to support any DRM other than their own or license FairPlay to third parties. 

Although at least one court (in France) has previously ruled that online music wasn't a big enough industry to count as an "essential service," which would require Apple to allow other companies to license FairPlay, it would be curious to see if the same ruling would result after another 2+ years of declining CD sales and the booming online music industry. 

Today's launch was scheduled to coincide with a press conference held at the MidemNet/Midem music industry conference, being held in France.

QTRAX's Free and Legal Offer

Excerpted from Combustion Blog Report

QTRAX is the best thing that will happen for music addicts in this year. QTRAX will provide free and legal music downloads for everyone. In another words, it will kill iTunes and illegal download softs like eMule. 

With 25+ million songs, QTRAX will be the new name around. Subscribe for the launch and spread the word for everyone!

Harnessing the Power of P2P

Excerpted from CNET News Report by Marguerite Reardon 

P2P technology has gotten a bad rap for years, but a group of Internet service providers led by Verizon Communications is working to harness the technology to reduce network traffic and speed up video downloads on the web.

Since the days of file-sharing networks like Napster, which allowed people to exchange songs on their computer hard drives with others on the Internet, peer-to-peer technology has been demonized in the press. The entertainment industry has pegged it as a tool for piracy. And recently, ISPs have blamed it for clogging their networks.

But the technology, which was originally developed for the research community to share huge files over the Internet, is increasingly being used by legitimate video distribution services like the BBC's iPlayer, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service Skype, and Internet video start-up Joost. And as more high-bandwidth applications like video make their way onto the web, peer-to-peer, or P2P as it's commonly called, will be used even more. This means that Internet service providers and content owners will have to find ways to work with the powerful P2P technology--whether they want to or not--if they hope to survive.

"Peer-to-peer has entered the mainstream," said Cynthia Brumfield, president of the market consultancy Emerging Media Dynamics, which is publishing a report on the P2P market next week. "The technology is being used by companies large and small for legitimate commercial purposes and with good reason. It's a very efficient distribution technology. But it has to be managed, and that's what needs to be figured out. "

In an effort to come up with a solution, Verizon Communications and P2P technology provider Pando Networks joined forces last year with researchers at Yale University to figure out a way to put the file-sharing technology to better use. The companies and the university formed the P4P Working Group (P4PWG) within the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA). So far the group has signed up nine other members to the cause. These companies include other big telephone companies, such as AT&T and Telefonica, as well as big technology companies like Cisco Systems and VeriSign.

Using basic subscriber information from ISPs, researchers claim to have developed a solution that can reduce a provider's P2P bandwidth consumption on their networks by about 60 percent, while also speeding up P2P downloads by nearly a third. This month, Verizon and Pando will start testing the new system on a real network in the US. Spanish ISP Telefonica also plans to conduct tests.

Broadband providers, particularly cable operators, have complained that P2P traffic is eating up too much bandwidth on their networks. They say that the use of P2P, which assembles large data files like video by requesting bits of content from "peers" in the network, is crippling their networks.

And as a result, they have started to take action. Last year Comcast, the largest cable operator in the US, was accused of blocking the P2P application BitTorrent on its network. The service provider denied it was blocking traffic and said it had slowed down the BitTorrent packets in an effort to better manage its network.

Subscribers, who didn't like this brute-force solution, became furious. Complaints were filed with the Federal Communications Commission, and the company's practices are currently being investigated by the agency.

Other service providers have also taken action. Time Warner Cable, the second largest cable operator in the US, said it is experimenting with a new business model where heavy bandwidth usage will be metered to reduce P2P usage.

"P2P traffic is a big problem for our network" said Alex Dudley, a spokesman for Time Warner. "But more importantly it can be a nuisance for our customers, because it slows down their service. If a few customers are using an inordinate amount of bandwidth they should pay for it."

The reason that P2P is such a problem for some service providers is that they never designed their networks to allow for massive transfer of data both on the downlink, as well as, the uplink. P2P applications work by leveraging files that are distributed throughout a network.

So instead of broadband subscribers downloading a movie from a central server farm, a P2P application requests pieces of the movie from "peers" on the network who have already downloaded the same movie. This distributed model is a much more efficient and cost effective way for distributing large files than the traditional client-server model, but it requires that users have high-speed uplinks as well as high-speed downlinks.

Broadband networks today, and cable broadband networks in particular, are designed to give much more capacity on the downlink than on the uplink. For example, Time Warner Cable sells a broadband service that allows downloads at up to 10 Mbps but uploads at only 512 kbps. By contrast, Verizon, which has been deploying fiber directly to customers' homes, offers a service with downloads at 15 mbps and uploads at 2 Mbps.

Regardless of whether their infrastructure can support P2P traffic, the floodgates are now open and are not likely to close.

This is especially true as more video comes online. Because P2P leverages "peers" in the network to host pieces of content, media companies and video distribution services don't need to spend millions of dollars building out their own server farms and high-speed infrastructure.

"P2P allows you to deliver content that otherwise would be too expensive to deliver over the Internet, like high-definition video," said Doug Pasko, who represents Verizon and is co-chair of the P4P Working Group. "And not to sound too Internet altruistic, but keeping the cost down using P2P also helps level the playing field a bit, so if a guy in a garage wants to produce and distribute his own movies, he can do it the same way a big studio can."

The cost-effective nature of P2P is why large media companies, such as News Corp., the BBC, and NBC Universal are using P2P to distribute their video content. And because it greatly improves the economics of distributing video, the technology also enables a slew of new companies like Joost and Vuze an opportunity to enter the market.

P2P also offers some potential cost savings for Internet service providers.

"P2P follows similar economics to building a broadcast network," said Marty Lafferty, CEO of the DCIA. "In a broadcast model, the same money is spent to deliver video if there is one viewer or 20 million viewers. But on the Internet, each stream costs the network operator money.

P2P allows the file to be downloaded once and shared many times. In fact, distribution actually gets more efficient the more people who want the file."

It is this promise of using the network more efficiently that initially sparked the interest of engineers at Verizon. The company is even considering using P2P on its set-top boxes to more efficiently distribute movies on demand, Verizon's Pasko said.

Even though P2P in its current form offers some benefits to service providers, Pasko said the protocol could be refined to offer even more efficiency.

Today P2P traffic often travels along unnecessarily long routes to its destination. For example, someone downloading an episode of The Office in New York may get part of the file from a peer in Singapore even though there are several peers with the same file just down the street or across the river in New Jersey. The P4P solution adds network intelligence to the peering process, so that the P2P applications can make smarter decisions about where they get content.

"If a P2P service can understand how the network is configured to request the file at the closest peers rather than arbitrarily getting it from a peer across the country or around the globe, it could save a lot of network resources," Pasko said. "Every link that a bit passes through costs something. So if I can get the same bits from a Fios customer locally rather than from someone in Singapore or Taiwan, I don't have to use those network resources across the country and under the Pacific."

What's more, Pasko said, using peers that are closer also helps files download faster, making it a win for the video provider as well as the customers.

But to make this intelligent peering scenario work, companies using P2P to distribute content will have to work with network operators around the globe. Historically, ISPs and other network operators have been leery of sharing network information with each other--let alone third parties.

But Pasko said it only takes sharing general information about the network topology and its customers to see some benefit. And because the information shared is not detailed enough to identify individual subscribers, consumers shouldn't fear that their privacy is being violated.

Pasko said he hopes further real world tests will help convince even more carriers to support the working group. Currently, four major cable operators in the US--Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, and Cablevision--have become observers of the working group. And once the group gets enough support, it will begin trying to standardize what and how information will be shared.

"The carriers we've talked to about our results have been very interested," Pasko said. "I think the perception before was that no one really wanted to talk to anyone about solving the P2P issues. But that isn't really the case."

Coming Events of Interest

MIDEM- January 28th-31st at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. Never has there been such demand for music. With 10,000 music and technology professionals from over 90 countries, MIDEM connects you with the players matching this unprecedented demand. Delegates from the recording, publishing, live, digital, mobile, and branding sectors gather to do deals, network, learn, and check out new talent.

Digital Music Forum East - February 26th-27th in New York, NY. Major and indie music label executives, artists, technology and consumer electronics leaders come together for this "must attend" event. Now in its 8th year, Digital Music Forum East is the leading event focused on the intersection of technology and music. 

P2P ADVERTISING UPFRONT NY - March 11th in New York, NY in conjunction with the Media Summit New York (MSNY). The industry's premiere marketplace focused on the unique global advertising, sponsorship, and cross-promotional opportunities available in the steadily growing universe of open and closed P2P, file-sharing, P2PTV, and social networks, as well as peer-assisted content delivery networks (CDNs).

Media Summit New York - The fifth annual MSNY, March 12th-13th in New York, NY. Jointly produced by Digital Hollywood, McGraw-Hill, Business Week, and Standard & Poor's. Keynoting this year will be Robert Iger, President & CEO, The Walt Disney Company.

P2P MEDIA SUMMIT LA - May 4th in Los Angeles, CA. The third annual P2P MEDIA SUMMIT LA. The DCIA's flagship event featuring keynotes from industry-leading P2P and social network operators; tracks on policy, technology and marketing; panel discussions covering content distribution and solutions development; valuable workshops; networking opportunities; and more.

Digital Hollywood Spring - May 5th-8th in  Los Angeles, CA. With many new sessions and feature events, DHS has become the premiere digital entertainment conference and exposition. DCIA Member companies will exhibit and speak on a number of panels.

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