DCIA Presents Global P2P & MUSIC CONFERENCE

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First-ever international event co-hosted by PopKomm in Berlin, Germany.

When we approached PopKomm and the DCIA to co-host the P2P & MUSIC CONFERENCE, they immediately agreed that the time is right for relevant parties to get together and learn from each other. We are thrilled that so many of the people who define the web experience and provide music for millions of consumers will be with us in Berlin.

The Distributed Computing Industry Association (http://www.DCIA.info), a trade organization with more than one-hundred Member companies including peer-to-peer and social networking software developers and distributors (P2Ps), Internet service providers (ISPs), content rights holders (CRHs), and service-and-support companies, today announced the agenda, sponsors, and first wave of speakers for its inaugural P2P & MUSIC CONFERENCE, which will take place on October 10, 2008 at PopKomm in Berlin, Germany.

"P2P continues to represent both the most significant challenges as well as the greatest opportunities for the music industry - and we are grateful to PopKomm's organizers for recognizing that and asking us to mount this important event. We cordially invite digital music stakeholders from all parts of the world to plan now to attend the DCIA's first-ever P2P & MUSIC CONFERENCE at PopKomm in Berlin, Germany," said DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty.

The P2P & MUSIC CONFERENCE is being sponsored by Cugate, QTRAX, Unlimited Media, and Javien Digital Payment Solutions.

Thomas Reemer, CEO of Cugate, a Berlin-based content and technology provider that specializes in watermarking and ad brokering, and a charter sponsor of the event, added, "When we approached PopKomm and the DCIA to co-host the P2P & MUSIC CONFERENCE, they immediately agreed that the time is right for relevant parties to get together and learn from each other. We are thrilled that so many of the people who define the web experience and provide music for millions of consumers will be with us in Berlin."

This special industry event is scheduled for Friday October 10th in the Grosser Stern Conference Center on the Exhibition Grounds of Messe Berlin, Germany. The "Conference-within-PopKomm" will feature keynotes from top P2P companies and major music distributors, panels of industry leaders, and valuable workshops.

PopKomm is the international music and entertainment business trade show. The PopKomm Conference will offer an outlook on decisive developments within the music business. For three days, industry experts will voice their opinions on the current state of creation, communication, and commerce. The PopKomm Festival is one of the world's major showcases with more than 400 solo artists, bands and DJs playing in over 25 official locations.

P2P & MUSIC CONFERENCE speakers will include Alexej Aliaev, Director A&R, Soyuz Music; Stephen Alstrup, CEO, Octoshape; Markus Beckedahl, Public Project Lead, Creative Commons; Andy Bills, Senior Vice President, PacketExchange; Kevin Bradshaw, COO, LimeWire; Karlheinz Brandenburg, Professor, Fraunhofer Institute; Jim Burger, Attorney at Law, DowLohnes; Scott Cohen, Co-Founder and VP of International, The Orchard; Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic; Maor Ezer, Founder & CEO, You License; Clive Gardiner, VP of Digital Music, We7; Erik Gilbert, VP of Content, IODA; Martine Groulx, Project Manager, Double V3; Tom Günther, Head of Legal & Business Affairs, Finetunes; Karen Kaplowitz, Member Services, Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA); Alexander Kessel, Founder & CEO, Media Universum; Allan Klepfisz, Chairman & CEO, QTRAX; Jan Marc Külper, Director of Business Development, arvato mobile; Marty Lafferty, CEO, Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA); Sari Lafferty, Business Affairs, Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA); Lawrence Langs, Special Counsel, Feldman Weinstein & Smith; Jonathan Lee, Senior Vice President, MediaDefender; Benjamin Masse, President & Founder, Double V3; Ariel Napchi, Co-CEO, HIRO Media; Ian Penman, Partner, New Media Law; Leslie Poole, CEO, Javien Digital Payment Solutions; Thomas Reemer, CEO, CuGate; Memo Rhein, CEO, Unlimited Media; Patrick Ross, Executive Director, Copyright Alliance; Patrick Sullivan, President & CEO, RightsFlow; Sam Tarantino, CEO & Founder, Grooveshark; Ron Van Herk, Founder & CEO, AHT International; Jean Hsiao Wernheim, Chairwoman, Shanghai Media Group; Stuart Worthington, Senior Advisor, You Bloom. More speakers will be announced.

The P2P & MUSIC CONFERENCE will address such topics as: China & Russia - Market Opportunities or Previews of the Future; Digital Challenges - Sound Fundamentals or Changed Circumstances; Technology Advancement - Creating the Commercial P2P Music Ecosystem; and Private Versus Public Approaches - P2P for Content Rights Holders.

The P2P & MUSIC CONFERENCE is being held in conjunction with PopKomm, and registration for both events yields a substantial savings for attendees. For more information, please visit http://www.dcia.info/activities/p2pmcde2008.

Pre-registration rates, which save attendees up to $100 end October 3rd. To register please visit http://www.dcia.info/activities/p2pmcde2008/register.html.

For sponsor packages and speaker information, please contact Karen Kaplowitz, DCIA Member Services, at 888-890-4240 or karen@dcia.info.

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), Inadvertent Sharing Protection Working Group (ISPG), 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.

About Cugate:
A Berlin based company set up by entrepreneurs Memo Rhein and Thomas Reemer, Cugate is a content and technology provider offering a unique technical solution to track, trace, and seal content thus re-establishing lost digital distribution channels and enabling legal P2P models. The company handles all aspects of international licensing/processing content to established markets and new thriving ones like China, India, and Russia. To exploit the generated worldwide distribution by "Cugate Content" "Cugate Ad It" acts as the ad broker between the content arm and the distribution arm of Cugate.

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