DCIA Announces Next Steps in P2P Best Practices Initiative

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The DCIA today announced next steps in a new P2P Best Practices initiative to be advanced at its upcoming P2P MEDIA SUMMIT LA (http://www.dcia.info/activities/p2pmsla2008) in Los Angeles, CA on Monday. The purpose of this groundbreaking initiative is to develop business practices for safe and efficient use of P2P services among P2P companies, ISPs, and content providers. This effort will supersede the previously announced proposal to develop a "P2P Bill of Rights & Responsibilities (BRR)" and broaden the scope of this endeavor.

This effort will supersede the previously announced proposal to develop a 'P2P Bill of Rights & Responsibilities (BRR)' and broaden the scope of this endeavor

The Distributed Computing Industry Association (http://www.DCIA.info), a trade organization with more than one-hundred Member companies representing peer-to-peer (P2P) and social networking software providers, content rights holders, Internet service providers (ISPs) and service-and-support companies, today announced next steps in a new P2P Best Practices initiative to be advanced at its upcoming P2P MEDIA SUMMIT LA (http://www.dcia.info/activities/p2pmsla2008) on Monday May 5th at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

"The overriding goal of the P2P Best Practices initiative will be to establish widely accepted business practices for safe and efficient use of P2P services," said DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty in making the announcement. "This effort will supersede the previously announced proposal to develop a 'P2P Bill of Rights & Responsibilities (BRR)' and broaden the scope of this endeavor," he added.

This new effort will be conducted along the lines of other DCIA working groups, which have addressed policy, technology, and consumer issues with participation open on a voluntary basis not only to DCIA Member companies but also to other interested parties.

The P2P Best Practices initiative will be developed with input from P2P companies, ISPs, content providers, and other qualified participants. The DCIA will facilitate the creation of a new working group to address P2P Best Practices by June. Finalizing and implementing the P2P Best Practices document and next steps will follow a timeline established by the DCIA and working group participants engaged in drafting the P2P Best Practices, but the intent is to finish the work well before the end of the year.

The P2P Best Practices Initiative is intended as a forum for facilitating better communications and developing common business practices among P2P developers and distributors, ISPs, and content providers in order to help optimize user experience and facilitate deployment of legitimate P2P applications and distribution of licensed content. It will help address certain concerns of content rights holders, broadband network operators, and end-users.

At the May 5th P2P MEDIA SUMMIT LA, a statement of purpose of the P2P Best Practices initiative will be presented and recruitment of P2P Best Practices project participants will proceed. An initial milestone for this effort will be to recruit a critical mass of participants to conduct a formative meeting for the P2P Best Practices Working Group (PBPG) in New York, NY during the week of May 19th in conjunction with the Streaming Media East conference.

Preliminary objectives of the P2P Best Practices initiative include helping ensure responsible, safe use of P2P services by consumers, establishing general best practices for P2P clients and ISPs, and further advancing the efficiency of P2P performance on broadband networks.

The P2P Best Practices initiative is different from the DCIA's ongoing P4P Working Group (P4PWG) in that the former will focus on P2P business practices while the P4PWG focuses on technical solutions for optimizing P2P traffic across ISP networks. Both groups are sponsored by the DCIA, but the subject matter and focus of each working group is different.

About the DCIA:
The Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) is a non-profit trade organization focused on commercial development of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and related distributed computing technologies.

DCIA Membership is organized into three Groups: Content, Operations, and Platform. The DCIA conducts working groups and special projects, such as the P4P Working Group (P4PWG), P2P Digital Watermark Working Group (PDWG), Consumer Disclosures Working Group (CDWG), P2P PATROL, and the P2P Revenue Engine (P2PRE). It also publishes the weekly online newsletter DCINFO.

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