Sign of the times, perhaps? CNET has an article via Reuters saying that giant German media company Bertelsmann is offering a P2P download platform. Bertelsmann, you may recall, teamed up with Napster in 2000. P2P is compelling efficient and promotes superdistribution, it's hard to imagine why all the motion video and music companies are using some sort of P2P servce. Here's an excerpt from the CNET article:
German media giant Bertelsmann, a former partner of file-sharing network Napster, is launching a new Internet platform for downloading and sharing movies and games over the Internet, it said Tuesday.
Arvato, Bertelsmann's services and technology arm, said it would sell the service, dubbed GNAB, to mobile phone operators, Internet providers and TV stations, which could then offer their clients legal downloads of large files under their own brands.
In addition, the service could allow them to share the files they have received over the network, effectively outsourcing the storage of the files and their download to the users of the network.
Bertelsmann, which with Sony co-owns the world's second-largest music label, Sony BMG, teamed up with Napster in late 2000, when the service was already being sued by the industry for helping copyright infringements.