Illegal file-sharing revenue collation system developed

He may have been dead for 15 years, but musician Frank Zappa is being used to trial a one-click system to charge punters who download music on the Internet using BitTorrent and other file-sharing services.

California's Nexicon is planning to roll out its service to music companies later this month, and is also perfecting a version of its service for YouTube and video file-sharing services.

The system auto-collates data on files that are being shared illegally, looks up the IP addresses - and email addresses - and can be used to fire off a request for payment to the downloader concerned.

Automatically.

Sam Glines, Nexicon's vice president of strategy, reckons his firm's technology may be the answer to file-sharing and allows musicians to benefit from an income stream from such activities for the very first
time.

Intrigued? I certainly am. Let's hope the authorities don't see it as a way of fining punters for file-sharing and the charges are sensible...