BitTorrent 1 Napster 0

ok that’s a bit of a misnomer of a title. But its Saturday and it’s raining – that’s my excuse, wot’s yrs? 😛

You can tell when a disruptive technology or process is maturing – the industry *disrupted* doesn’t react with their usual first response (to sue) but looks for ways of capitalising on the invention. Napster was too disruptive and too new. But BitTorrent… ahhhh.

Peer-to-peer application BitTorrent said this week that it has agreed partnerships with a variety of leading film studios including 20th Century Fox, G4, Kadokawa Pictures USA, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Palm Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Starz Media.

Through the partnerships, BitTorrent will be offering a library of digital media content such as X-Men The Last Stand, Ringu, Saw III, 13 Tzameti, Mission: Impossible III, and Ghost in the Shell. TV programming will include shows like Attack of the Show from G4; 24 and Prison Break from 20th Century Fox; City of Men from Palm; Laguna Beach and Celebrity Deathmatch from MTV: Music Television; Emmy and Peabody-Award winning South Park and Chappelle’s Show from Comedy Central; Hogan Knows Best from VH1; SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender from Nickelodeon; and Skyland from Nicktoons Network.

BitTorrent has previously announced partnerships with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Egami Media, Hart Sharp, Koch Entertainment and The Orchard. (Also from Vnunet)

Those companies aren’t behaving like the RIAA are they? 🙂 BTW the links are for wiki – in case you are unfamiliar with peer2peer file sharing and distribution and it’s history/future.

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