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This Week in P2P News
November 22, 2008
Thomas Mennecke
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BitTorrent and The Pirate Bay continue to dominate file-sharing news - something that's become nearly an everyday occurrence. P2P throttling once again is a national issue - if you happen to live in Canada. And finally, SoulSeek is in the headlines, but no one’s breaking out the Champagne just yet.

MultiMedia Intelligence served up another statistical whopper, this time speculating that all the music traded within the P2P community in 2007 could be valued at approximately $69 billion. While community reaction distrusted the numbers, MultiMedia stresses the study doesn't represent lost revenue. Rather, the study only fantasizes an imaginary world where every P2P music transfer was monetized in 2007. Would you like fries with that?

SoulSeek, which has remained relatively quiet in recent years, is making headlines for their current legal situation in France. An administrator on SoulSeek has clarified some confusion in the press; specifically, the current legal action in France is limited to battling a complaint from the Société Civile des Producteurs Phonographiques (SCPP). Reports have indicated that SoulSeek is also in a legal confrontation with SACEM - a report a SoulSeek forum administrator denies.

"In addition to all of this, a rumor has started that we are being sued by the SACEM...complete with news that we are "refusing to talk" about the suit! I find it interesting that most people have ignored the SCPP suit but are jumping all over a SACEM suit. We have never been served a summons by the SACEM, and I do not know how whomever started the rumor received this information."

The Pirate Bay continued to make strides, as it broke 25 million peers. Although the current counter shows only 17.5 million, this is the result of faulty reporting on the part of an otherwise functioning tracker.

P2P throttling is once again in the headlines, this time in Canada. Similar to the net neutrality issues being confronted in the United States, the Canadian Association of Internet Providers requested that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (similar to the FCC) order Bell Canada to cease and desist their practice of shaping traffic – most of which is P2P related. Unlike the United States, the commission did not side with the proponents of net-neutrality.

The question the commission contemplated was whether traffic on their wholesale Gateway Access Service was different from their retail service. Since both services were subject to identical throttling practices, the commission found that Bell operated reasonably and within the scope of the law. However, the commission will review “the current and potential Internet traffic management practices of Internet service providers with respect to both retail and wholesale services” in the near future.

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