Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft
Pointera: Like Napster, But Legal
SpinFrenzy.com's new division lets you swap files, but protects copyrights.
by Carolyn Duffy Marsan, Network World Fusion June 7, 2000, 9:27 a.m. PT
Napster rival SpinFrenzy.com has created a separate division called Pointera to license its file-sharing service to Web publishers and portals that want to let their users swap information with each other, instead of retrieving it from a central server.
But unlike Napster, Pointera offers a content filtering service that lets Web sites enforce copyright laws. With the Pointera service, Web sites can screen out particular file names or categories of files and prevent users from swapping them.