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Altnet - Calling the Kettle Black
June 7, 2003
Thomas Mennecke
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Altnet maintains a difficult time gaining support in the P2P community. In fact, if one were to venture to any P2P forum and read a thread on Alnet; suspicion, mistrust, and a vision contrary to P2P would surround that thread. And that's putting it mildly.

Altnet's birth into the P2P world didn't help its image either. Labeled as a "stealth" P2P network, it was secretly placed inside the official Kazaa client without the knowledge of its users. This caused a public relations nightmare within Kazaa. The after affects of this mess are still seen today with the proliferation of Kazaa Lite.

Basically, Alnet is a sub-P2P network that operates within legitimate Kazaa clients. Its goal is to distribute legitimate content while providing royalty payments to copyright holders.

Now, Altnet is claiming it owned the patent on file-hashing since 1999. File-hashig is a technique used by virtually all P2P networks to verify file authenticity. In addition, it plans to confront all major P2P networks, demanding royalty payments.

"Altnet is very focused on the infringement of the TrueNames patent and we believe that many of today's active peer-to-peer applications may be in direct violation," Altnet CEO Kevin Bermeister said in a statement.

This is certainly a case of "look who's calling the kettle black." In some strange reality, Altnet has led itself to believe that it is justified in collecting royalty payments from P2P communities, while itself is embedded into a network whose popularity is driven by piracy and theft. Good work Altnet, this is exactly what the RIAA wants.

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