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Friendlier File Sharing
By Michael V. Copeland

(Business 2.0) – Has Hollywood found a peer-to-peer system it can live with? In December, the erstwhile media-industry migraine known as BitTorrent will unveil a beta version of its online video marketplace with the blessing of the Motion Picture Association of America and several as-yet-unnamed movie studios. The Web-based store will use BitTorrent's revolutionary data-transfer protocol, which breaks massive files into chunks and turns users into nodes that help transmit the pieces. Consumers will be able to access a range of content, from clips of soldiers fighting in Iraq to movies like Dawn of the Dead. San Francisco-based BitTorrent is still hammering out pricing details, but a ready-for-prime-time version of the online store is expected early next year.