P2P PATROL Expands Law Enforcement Support

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DCIA-Led Working Group To Provide Free software and Mount Concert Tour Fundraiser

P2P PATROL (http://www.P2Ppatrol.com) announced today that RazorPop’s XFiles 2.4 will be provided at no charge to law enforcement agencies starting in August, and that P2P PATROL will receive financial contributions from a multi-state “NEW VOICE OF P2P” concert tour starring the Internet’s First Rock Star, Scooter Scudieri, and promoting appropriate usage of peer-to-peer (P2P) software and protection of children online.

“Both of these new programs reflect the ongoing commitment of distributed computing industry participants to improve the quality and safety of the P2P file-sharing experience for consumers,” said DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty in making the announcement.

The first P2P client software developed exclusively for law enforcement, XFiles, was introduced by RazorPop CEO Marc Freedman at the May P2P PATROL Meeting in San Francisco, CA. XFiles 2.4 Law Enforcement software will now be distributed free to qualified government agencies to help combat online distribution of criminally obscene content.

XFiles reduces investigation time and enables more effective casework by searching and downloading files over multiple P2P networks, including BitTorrent, Gnutella, and Kazaa/Fast Track. "It's imperative for child pornographers to know they are not welcome in the P2P environment," said Freedman. "The best way for us to demonstrate this is to put our software in the hands of agents doing these important investigations." RazorPop also provides P2P technical and business consulting and training services to the government.

The “NEW VOICE OF P2P” concert tour will be comprised of 45 live concerts at leading colleges and town centers in 30 major east-coast markets over a period of 10 weeks featuring 5 top independent musical artists.    

A cadre of young, socially conscious musicians is advocating authorized online file sharing and child protection with this promotional program to create awareness of the benefits of using P2P appropriately, emphasizing features such as licensed copyrighted works and parental controls. The “NEW VOICE OF P2P” is being produced by Beneath the Noise (BTN) – a marketing and concert promotion firm specializing in college events.

Growing out of the tour will be an online contest for participants and fans to produce the most creative multimedia music videos/remixes from concert coverage plus added original content – to be redistributed via P2P and ranked by other users – with awards for the best of these given at the culmination of the tour.

Headlining the cause, with a powerful multimedia finale, will be Scooter Scudieri. Recognized in many circles as the Internet’s First Rock Star, Scooter has found great success operating without an agent, manager, or record company. He has defied the odds and obstacles by achieving the unthinkable for an independent artist: high profile tours, media attention, and legions of fans.

The mission of the “NEW VOICE OF P2P” is to encourage the growing movement of independent artists, promote the positive aspects of authorized P2P file sharing, and reinforce a proactive child protection message. Profits from the tour will help support P2P PATROL (Peer-to-Peer Parents And Teens React On Line), which includes licensing XFiles for law enforcement and funding the operation of cpHotline.org. Please contact NVP at dcia.info for more information.

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