P2P Polluter OverPeer Closed

By Jon Newton 12/10/05

When Loudeye bought p2p scalp-hunter-cum-online-spoofing company Overpeer in March last year, it guaranteed its then new Overpeer Titanium Service was 99% effective in, "preventing the illicit sharing of digital media across peer-to-peer networks".

It also claimed protection for anyone and everyone - "music, film/video, game and software industries".

That should have had them falling all over themselves to use it.

Jon Newton

However, it wasn't to be.

We already knew the claims were no more than marketing equine excreta, but it seems would-be clients arrived at the same conclusion and accordingly, "Seattle-based Loudeye said Friday that it is shuttering its Overpeer division, effective immediately, in an attempt to bolster the parent company's bottom line," says CNET News.

"Executives did not immediately return a request for comment. However, in a filing with federal regulators in November, Loudeye said the Overpeer division had seen declining revenue through much of 2005 and that a major client had dropped its services at the end of the second quarter."

The company is seeking to sell the Overpeer assets, it said in a statement, adds the story.

Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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