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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:


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:

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:

For more info about Weedshare visit their site at:


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!!