Morpheus Touts P2P Interoperability in New Beta

StreamCast Networks is trying its hand at peer-to-peer interoperability. While interoperability long been cause celebre among operators of real time communication networks, StreamCast has embraced the ideal to become the first P2P file sharing client to scour all major networks simultaneously.

Morpheus 4.0 enters the fray following a recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling making it more difficult for the recording industry to round up illegal sharers, and reports of an upswing in online music swapping.

A beta of Morpheus 4.0 announced earlier this month searches beyond its own network into the domains of eDonkey, Gnutella, Grokster, G2, iMesh, LimeWire, Overnet, and others. StreamCast's NEOnet technology powers searches and strives to find content with greater accuracy.

The identity of file sharers is masked behind integrated access to public proxy networks, and a series of client side options. Like other popular file sharing applications, Morpheus has integrated anti-virus protection.

Other incentives to swap with StreamCast include multiple concurrent searches, multi-source downloads and complementary voice-over-IP (VoIP) chat. Morpheus 4.0 does not contain spyware, according to the company.

The concept of P2P interoperability has left the Recording Industry Association of America fuming. An RIAA spokesperson told BetaNews, "This just shows how easily they can adjust their software when they chose to. It is too bad they chose not to adjust it to filter out copyrighted works."

Although the RIAA faces a major setback in its anti-piracy campaign, its lawyers have filed a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits against 532 individuals.

The lawsuits are referred to as "John Does" due to the fact that the RIAA must now comply with a court ruling forbidding it from forcing ISPs to reveal the identities of customers. The offending IP addresses must be each subpoenaed in court through due process before personally identifiable information is revealed to the RIAA.

This most recent action by the RIAA comes amid press reports of a reemergence of P2P file sharing activity following months of steady decline. StreamCast contends that Morpheus violates no laws by simply enabling users to swap files.

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