Matador Records, V2 Music and the Beggars Group are among the latest indie label groups clearing their content for distribution through legitimate P2P services. Each company has inked a deal with San

Matador Records, V2 Music and the Beggars Group are among the latest indie label groups clearing their content for distribution through legitimate P2P services. Each company has inked a deal with San Francisco-based Snocap, a leading technology supplier to Mashboxx.

Labels covered under the agreements with Snocap include V2, Beggars Banquet, Beggars USA, 4AD, Mantra Recordings, Mo'Wax Labels, Too Pure, Wiiija, XL Recordings.

Snocap is intended to help guide users of Mashboxx and other P2P networks to legitimate content registered with the filtering service. It also blocks users from distributing or accessing unlicensed or unrecognized files.

Snocap already has digital-fingerprinting deals with more than a dozen indie labels and distributors, including TVT, Ryko Group, Digital Musicworks International, Artemis Records, Nettwerk Records and the Independent Online Distribution Alliance.

It also has major-label deals with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and EMI. Negotiations with Warner Music Group are ongoing.

Says Simon Wheeler, director of digital at Beggars Group. "Peer-to-peer has always been an incredible way for people to discover new music and share their musical experiences with others; with SNOCAP we can start to build a business around this channel and ensure that artists get paid their due."