Special filtering software launched Aug. 2.

Less than a week after Kazaa's agreement to pay a $115 million piracy settlement to the global music and movie industries, Kazaa business partner Altnet has announced a new anti-piracy software called Global File Registry (www.globalfileregistry.com).

The special filtering software, developed in Australia, launched today (Aug. 2).

Global File Registry (GFR) uses Altnet’s TrueNames patent portfolio to locate copyright-infringing Web sites. When a file-sharing user makes a search request on a network that uses GFR, it provides the user the opportunity to buy a legal file.

“Illegitimate content will over time will disappear from the Internet,” Altnet CEO Kevin Bermeister tells Billboard.biz.

Altnet will create revenue by selling and operating the software on behalf of content owners and intensify its anti-piracy efforts. The new software could also benefit developers and distributors of peer-to-peer (P2P) services, for whom it would reduce liability. It could equally help Internet Service Providers (ISPs), for whom it could become an integrated solution for managing content file transfers, filtering and billing, while also protecting the user’s privacy.

Additionally, GFR could also aid law-enforcement agencies to battle global digital crime such as child pornography, Bermeister said.

In an ironic twist, Altnet has appointed Sydney-based Michael Speck to enforce the program. Speck was GM of the Music Industry Piracy Investigation unit until last year, and managed the raids and court cases against Kazaa parent Sharman Networks.

The Australian case had additionally named Bermeister, Altnet (which provided some software for Kazaa) and another of his companies, Brilliant Digital Entertainment, as co-defendants.

During the 18-month long court case, Universal Music Australia, Sony Music Entertainment Australia, EMI Music Australia, BMG Music Australia and Festival Mushroom Records tried to prove that Bermeister was the secret power-broker of Sharman Networks.

Sharman and Burmeister denied the charge.

Motion Picture Association of America chief executive Dan Glickman welcomed the arrival of the Global File Registry.

"The MPAA applauds the work Sharman and Altnet have done to develop and deploy new filtering technology," he said in a statement. "We look forward to working with Altnet and other technology innovators to bring more choice to movie lovers around the world."

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