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While the music industry attempts to shutter peer-to-peer services in court and in Congress, one company is using P2P networks to promote and pay artists.

Shared Media Licensing, based in Seattle, offers Weed http://www.weedshare.com/, a software program that allows interested music fans to download a song and play it three times for free. They are prompted to pay for the "Weed file" the fourth time. Songs cost about a dollar and can be burned to an unlimited number of CDs, passed around on file-sharing networks and posted to Web pages.

- "File Sharing Growing Like a Weed," Katie Dean, WiredNews.com http://www.wired.com/, November 22, 2004

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Post Date: November 22, 2004 at 10:10 AM CST; 1610 GMT

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