Altnet -- the commercial download service that runs on top of peer-to-peer networks, including KaZaA and Grokster -- is selling tracks from John Lennon, Paul Simon, Britney Spears and others thanks to

Altnet -- the commercial download service that runs on top of peer-to-peer networks, including KaZaA and Grokster -- is selling tracks from John Lennon, Paul Simon, Britney Spears and others thanks to a distribution deal with the promoter of an AIDS benefit album.

Altnet has inked an agreement with JAM Entertainment to handle digital distribution of "Songs for Life," a fund-raising album to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Proceeds from the sale of tracks will benefit the Royal Initiative to Combat AIDS, a U.S.-based not-for-profit group.

"Songs for Life" is distributed by EMI. Other artists on the 18-track set include Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Joan Osborne.

Altnet, which is trying to convince the major labels to sell their content through the service, is pointing to deals like the one with JAM as proof of its validity. Derek Broes, executive VP of worldwide operations, says the deal represents an example of how "digital rights management technology and peer-to-peer technology can be leveraged."

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