Report: Sony BMG Flirting With P2P Distribution

Sony BMG plans to distribute content through the Grokster peer-to-peer network, according to a new published report.

Sony BMG plans to distribute content through the Grokster peer-to-peer network, according to a new published report.

The Los Angeles Times says the major label is teaming with Mashboxx, a new venture fronted by former Grokster chief Wayne Rosso.

The service reportedly runs on top of the Grokster platform and is expected to use peer-to-peer filtering technology from San Francisco-based Snocap, a new venture from Napster founder Shawn Fanning. It will offer a mix of free promotional tracks and for-purchase downloads.

Unlicensed Sony BMG content will not be available.

Further details -- including specifics about pricing, technology standards and additional content partners -- are yet to be determined. Sony BMG declined comment.
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