First deal between a music corporation and a P2P file-sharing network

By Derek Sooman on June 29, 2005, 3:15 PM
Wayne Rosso has entered into a deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment to distribute the label's music on Rosso's Mashboxx network. Music by Sony BMG artists will be sold through Mashboxx. Current price seems to be 99 cents a go, which is the same as Apple's pricing scheme. This move marks the first deal between a major music corporation and a peer-to-peer file-sharing network.

What would happen if the RIAA, MPAA, record companies and so forth got their wish, and illegal P2P was completely shutdown? Well, I imagine that the first thing they would do is get into talks with commercial P2P service providers to make the exact same material that was formerly obtainable available once more, only this time for a fee. Record and music companies don't hate P2P, they hate that we use it and don't pay.

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