Group represents P2P, service providers.

The Distributed Computing Industry Association, a trade group representing various peer-to-peer software and service providers, has formed a digital watermarking working group it says will help keep protected content from being illegally traded on P2P networks.

The group hopes to convince the many digital watermarking technology providers to establish standards for implementing digital watermarking and recognition.

Digital watermarking is a process that embeds an invisible code in digital content like music, movie or image files that can be recognized as protected. P2P services that implement technology to recognize these codes can restrict access to any file containing them.