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Altnet reaches settlement with Loudeye and Overpeer

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 May 2006 21:00 User comments (3)

Altnet reaches settlement with Loudeye and Overpeer In a patent infringement case that kicked off in 2004, Altnet, a subsidiary of Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Inc., has announced it has reached a settlement with Loudeye and Overpeer. The suit was originally brought against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Loudeye Corp., Overpeer Inc., Media Sentry (now part of SafeNet) and a number of individuals. Media Sentry and Overpeer were two of the companies responsible for "poisoning" P2P networks like FastTrack with fake files.
The method used to distribute these spoof files infringed two patents critical to P2P business. RIAA executives and other defendants were reportedly put on notice about their infringement of the patents before the lawsuit was brought. "We welcome this settlement as an important step toward the acknowledgment and recognition of the TrueName patents as a prerequisite to legitimate utilization and exploitation of P2P technology." said Kevin Bermeister, CEO of Altnet.

Overpeer has admitted that its activities did in fact infringe the TrueName patents in question, and has further undertaken not to engage in those activities in future. "It validates the position Altnet has held with regard to treatment of piracy occurring within P2P applications and establishes with clarity the underlying importance for Altnet to be considered an integral part of the future online entertainment industry," said Mr. Bermeister.

The settlement was filed in the Los Angeles District Court. The case against the remaining defendants will likely go to trial next year.

Altnet (Press Release)

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3 user comments

116.5.2006 23:57

Just glad to see my freedom to bootleg being defended.

217.5.2006 21:05

I had suspected this was going on for some time.

320.5.2006 3:24

strike one up for the little guys thanks fellas

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