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Friday, December 03, 2004

AIRVISION's AV CAPITAL Division Announces Investment in Shared Media Licensing, Inc., Developer of the Revolutionary Weed Technology

Weed, the system Sananda Maitreya uses to distribute his music, receives an investment from AIRVISION.

Released at Business Wire

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 2, 2004--AIRVISION, a leading provider of direct-to-consumer brand positioning and strategic business growth planning, today announced an investment in Shared Media Licensing, Inc. Shared Media Licensing is the Seattle-based company which developed Weed(SM) (www.weedshare.com), the revolutionary and file-sharing service for managing the distribution of music and other digital content via the Internet.

Weed(SM) was created by a group of musicians and software developers as a solution to the challenges of file-sharing on the Internet. Weed(SM) encourages file-sharing and makes payments to musicians while at the same time rewarding file-traders who respect artists' rights. To date, more than 7,000 musical artists have had their music "Weedified" including Chuck D, Heart, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Built to Spill, Kristin Hersh and many others.

"We believe Shared Media Licensing and their Weed(SM) file-sharing technology represent the future of music file-sharing on the Internet," said Arthur Rubinfeld, President and Founder of AIRVISION. "They have an innovative business model that is rapidly gaining widespread acceptance among many of the world's top musicians and their fans. Weed has solved the problem with Internet file sharing in a revolutionary way which we believe will capture the imagination of other businesses on the Internet."

Online auction giant eBay recently selected Weed(SM) to join a ground-breaking digital music download initiative. eBay has launched a new "store" for digital music downloads and is hosting Shared Media Licensing's Weed technology, the only system that enables music buyers to earn cash by sharing music files. eBay's 150 million-plus users will be able to use a breakthrough system that tracks music files so that the person who shares a music file, along with the rightsholder, is paid a percentage every time the file is shared with a person who buys it.

"We are extremely pleased to have the support and funding from AIRVISION's AV CAPITAL group," said John Beezer, President of Shared Media Licensing. "The involvement of AV CAPITAL allows us to move ahead rapidly in software development, marketing, and content acquisition. AIRVISION's expertise in consumer psychology and brand development is key to our growth going forward."

About AV CAPITAL

AV CAPITAL, a division of AIRVISION, is focused on investing long-term equity capital to support the strategic and financial objectives of outstanding management teams in consumer-related businesses, including consumer products, direct-to-consumer sales, marketing and distribution, and retail concepts. In addition, AV CAPITAL's affiliate, AV ADVISORY, provides financial advisory services to selected AIRVISION clients with respect to fundraising, mergers, acquisitions, and other financial matters.

About AIRVISION

Founded by Arthur Rubinfeld in 2002, Seattle-based AIRVISION is known for providing visionary work in integrated brand positioning, marketing and retail design. AIRVISION specializes in the development and execution of growth strategies and operational plans for consumer-oriented companies worldwide. AIRVISION clients include some of the most recognized brands in the world including: adidas, AmericasMart, City University, Gateway, Media Play, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Oakley, Omaha Steaks, Sam Goody, Shared Media Licensing, SunCoast Entertainment and Washington Mutual. For more information about AIRVISION, please visit www.airvision.net.

Arthur Rubinfeld has also written a soon-to-be-released book, "Built for Growth: Expanding Your Business Around the Corner or Across the Globe".

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Friday, November 26, 2004

Weed Is Buzzing!

It's good to see that the recent article from Nov. 22 at Wired.com about the innovating digital music downloadservice Weed is buzzing all over the internet.
It got linked on many sites and here is an extended list of sites & blogs giving it attention too:




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Monday, November 22, 2004

Fair Is Fair: File Sharing Growing Like a Weed

Weed, the system Sananda Maitreya uses to distribute his music, got featured on Wired.com!

By Katie Dean

"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, 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.

"We're trying to take the problem of unauthorized music sharing and turn it into an opportunity for everyone to participate in the music business," said John Beezer, president of Shared Media Licensing. In addition to launching its home website, the company recently joined eBay's digital music distribution program with its own store.

Each time the song is downloaded by a new listener, the Weed file resets itself so the same rules apply: three free plays, then pay. The music can also be transferred to Windows portable media devices.

Shared Media Licensing makes the Weed purchasing software and channels the money to the artists and distributors. Over 100 independent content providers find the music, clear the rights, manage the files and promote the distribution and sales on their own websites.

Weed also encourages sharing by awarding a commission to people who pass the songs on to friends who then buy it. The copyright owner always gets 50 percent of each sale. Weed gets 15 percent for service and software costs. The fan who passes the music along gets 20 percent of the sale if a friend buys the track."

More at:
http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,65774,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1

Friday, November 19, 2004

Weedshare Is Selected For eBay's Digital Music Pilot Program

Milan, ITALY November 19, 2004 -- Weedshare, the system artists like Heart, Sir-Mix-A-Lot and Sananda Maitreya use to distribute their music online, is selected as one of only five companies to participate in eBay's digital music pilot program.
It's in beta version and eBay will decide in January whether or not to continue selling digital files.

If you like to have more info on this, you can contact Weedshare's eBay team at:
ebay@weedshare.com or press@weedshare.com

This digital eBay store is located at:
http://stores.ebay.com/Weedshare

For more info about Weedshare visit their site at:
www.weedshare.com

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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

SANANDA MAITREYA Releases Chapter 3 of His New Project "Angels & Vampires"

Songs are free to download to have 3 listens, the 4th time you're asked to buy it. The "WEED" program Sananda chooses to distribute his music, answers also to legal file-sharing. It promotes full respect for the rights of Artists and Publishers and file-sharers get paid instead of punished. Sananda encourages his fans to use his own P2P program to share his music.

Milan, ITALY November 10, 2004 -- Rock artist Sananda Maitreya releases 4 new songs of his project "Angels & Vampires", called Chapter 3 "NYMPHETAMINES: New pills for new thrills (prescribed by Luther Means)":

* Requiem (for our war dead)

"Requiem has no lyrics, just observational silence for the young soldiers who have died in pain and bewilderment in bringing 'FREEDOM ®'. To those who didn't ask for it, even while our freedoms are being mocked, sliced and diced at home. 'FREEDOM ®' is the registered trade mark of the FREEDOM CORPORATION, making the World safe for American business."

* Losing Becomes Too Easy

* We Are The Living!

"We ought to be living together as one
and not fighting apart as two
but that is a sentiment
that's bound to be mocked
without reason
as sure as my name
has changed the game
we will do all that we can do
to fill up the ranks
with fewer tanks
and more thanks
for our seasons"


* Psychotherapy

All songs are written, arranged, produced and performed by Sananda Maitreya.

For more information about "WEED": www.weedshare.com

For more information about Sananda Maitreya and to download his new music: www.sanandamaitreya.com/angels_&_vampires/the_songs/chapter_3.html

"Angels & Vampires" is Sananda's 6th project and totally there are 10 new songs online, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 are also available.

Over the next months Sananda will release more Chapters of "Angels & Vampires" on his website: www.SanandaMaitreya.com ....STAY TUNED!!

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Sananda Maitreya Becomes The First Major Artist To Fully Embrace File Sharing With His Own Branded P2P File Sharing Software.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
http://trustyfiles.com/corp-press-sananda.php

Multi-Platinum Grammy-Award Winning Artist Sananda Maitreya Becomes The First Major Artist To Fully Embrace File Sharing With His Own Branded P2P File Sharing Software.
TrustyFiles-powered P2P software gives Sananda Maitreya the hardline direct to his fans to share, try, and buy his latest songs.

DALLAS, USA and MILAN, ITALY, October 5, 2004 – Sananda Maitreya developed an innovative launch for his "Angels & Vampires" project that features his own version of TrustyFiles P2P (Peer to Peer) file sharing software. The campaign includes distribution of Weed format files over the major P2P networks. Sananda Maitreya also is exclusively making two new songs and a video available only through P2P.

"It's not enough to just create protected files and say ‘here’s my music, please download’”, said Sananda Maitreya. “We have a fantastic group of fans. I owe them my success. RazorPop’s P2P Street Team captures the spirit of fan support and extends it into file sharing. Their custom TrustyFiles software is perfect for me to ask my fans to share my music and at the same time continue to stay close to them.”

Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of RazorPop said “We’ve worked with Heart and Steve Winwood on previous P2P promotions. The power of P2P for legitimate music is clear. The Heart campaign outsold iTunes. When Sananda Maitreya came to us, we decided to take P2P marketing to the next level.”

“We’ve made TrustyFiles software highly customizable. A popular feature is the P2P promotions channel. It’s a fixed window on the software display that gives the artist, distributor, or marketer a permanent presence to encourage free or protected file sharing, show the latest promotions, and display breaking news. 50% of Internet users share music and other files. If you're a major artist, shouldn't your fans and web visitors be sharing files on software with your name and logo, where you can directly sell your digital downloads, CDs, DVDs, and other merchandise?”

Sananda Maitreya’s file sharing software can be downloaded direct at http://p2pfiles.com/sw/Sananda/SanandaTF.exe. As part of the campaign his video “Bella Faccina” and songs “Glad She's Gone” and “She knows I'm Leaving” are only available to the file sharing community.

Sananda Maitreya’s music and video are directly promoted on the Sananda Maitreya and regular TrustyFiles P2P software. Other P2P users can find the music and video hosted on business class servers through searches on all major networks. Web surfers can download the music at http://www.TopP2P.com. The files are in Windows Media Player format and can be played on most major media player software and portable music player devices. The songs are packaged as Weed files, which allow 3 plays before the song must be purchased. New Weed users get $5 to buy their first few songs free.

RazorPop’s P2P distribution partner is Intent Mediaworks, an online artist marketer. Intent Mediaworks provides comprehensive P2P file hosting and distribution, including media digitization, file protection, and distribution to all major P2P networks.

Sananda Maitreya won a Grammy Award in 1989 for best Male R&B Vocal. His multi-platinum album “Introducing The Hardline According To” sold over 12 million albums and was the #1 Billboard Chart R&B Album in 1988. His smash single "Wishing Well" hit the top of the charts in the US and across the world. Other top songs have included “Sign Your Name”, "If You Let Me Stay", "Delicate" with Des'ree, and "Holding On To You".

RazorPop’s TrustyFiles is the industry’s leading multiple P2P network software. TrustyFiles searches and download hundreds of millions of files from TrustyFiles, Kazaa, Grokster, Morpheus, Limewire, Bearshare, Shareaza, and other Fast Track, Gnutella, Gnutella2 and Bit Torrent network users.

TrustyFiles software is designed for the user. It’s easy to use, free, and has no spyware and no bundled software. TrustyFiles developed the top performing P2P network engine for the fastest and most search results. Security features include a blocklist to protect from invasive users and virus scanning support to block infected files.


ABOUT SANANDA MAITREYA

Rock artist Sananda Maitreya’s music has found broad worldwide acceptance across musical boundaries and among all age groups. In April 2001 he made his new album "WildCard" completely FREE to download from his website for several months. From 2002 to June 2003 the CD "WildCard - The Jokers' Edition" was gradually released all over the world to much acclaim and is also available now through his online store. His singles "O Divina" and "Sayin' about you" were very successful in Europe and Japan.

Sananda Maitreya toured for almost 2 years, from the end of September 2001 until the end of August 2003, mainly in Europe plus a small tour in the USA and Asia.

Sananda is busy recording his new project "Angels & Vampires". He releases the songs in Chapters as soon he finishes recording them, so his fans can directly listen. The new music is a fusion of all the music he has been incubating for most of his life, especially during the past several 'silent' years.

"Angels & Vampires" is Sananda's 6th project after the release of:
* 2002/2003 "WildCard -The Jokers' Edition"
* 1995 "Vibrator"
* 1993 "Symphony Or Damn"
* 1989 "Neither Fish Nor Flesh"
* 1987 "Introducing The Hardline According To"

See his website for more information: http://www.SanandaMaitreya.com


ABOUT RAZORPOP
RazorPop (http://RazorPop.com) is an Internet marketing, technology, and entertainment company. RazorPop develops innovative software, services, and networks for digital entertainment consumers and businesses that want to reach them. RazorPop's primary product is TrustyFiles Personal File Sharing software (http://www.TrustyFiles.com), the leading multi-network product with Kazaa, Gnutella, Gnutella2, and Bit Torrent access, as well as personal, private, and public file sharing. RazorPop was founded in January 2001 by visionary Marc Freedman and is based in Dallas, Texas.

Other RazorPop properties include:
* DiaRIAA (http://DiaRIAA.com). Get digital entertainment and file sharing news, protect your privacy, & explore 1000s of digital music and P2P links
* TopP2P (http://www.TopP2P.com). Find top P2P file sharing video, music, software, games, and more!

RazorPop is a member of the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA). The DCIA (http://www.dcia.info) advances the adoption of distributed computing technologies and the commercial development of business models based on them.



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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Sananda Maitreya Releases Chapter 2 of His New Project "Angels & Vampires"



Each song is free to download to have 3 listens, the 4th time you're asked to buy it. The "WEED" program Sananda chooses to distribute his music, is an answer to legal file-sharing. It promotes full respect for the rights of Artists and Publishers and file-sharers get paid instead of punished.

Milan, ITALY - August 21, 2004 -- Multi-platinum artist Sananda Maitreya releases 3 new songs of his project
"Angels & Vampires"
, called Chapter 2 "MONKEY PUZZLES: pastiche, present & future":

  • Time Takes Time
  • It Ain't Been Easy
  • Dolphin

All songs are written, arranged, produced and performed by Sananda Maitreya.

After 3 days from its release the 3 new songs are at n°1, 2, 3 in the TOP 10 of "WEED".
And the songs of Chapter 1 "The Jaguar and The Jungle Sound" are still at the 3 top positions in the TOP 100 of "WEED".

For more information about "WEED": http://www.weedshare.com/

For more information about Sananda Maitreya and to download his new music:
http://www.sanandamaitreya.com/angels_&_vampires/the_songs/chapter2.html

"Angels & Vampires" is Sananda's 6th project after the release of:

  • 2002/2003 "WildCard -The Jokers' Edition"
  • 1995 "Vibrator"
  • 1993 "Symphony Or Damn"
  • 1989 "Neither Fish Nor Flesh"
  • 1987 "Introducing The Hardline According To .."

Over the next months Sananda will release more Chapters of "Angels & Vampires" on his website:
http://www.sanandamaitreya.com/

To interview Sananda please email to his Press Office at the following address: press@sanandamaitreya.com