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Scour Launches File Finding, Sharing Technology

Scour, Inc. Tuesday announced the beta launch of Scour Exchange (SX), a software application designed empowers users to search, download and share all their digital entertainment files, including MP3s, video, images, and photographs.

SX's application makes it possible to search, download, and share digital files, including MP3s, videos, and photographs. The interface, which includes a menu with section icons, allows users to navigate within the application to search and organize files, observe and control the download progress, track real time activity of the SX online community and sort through their favorite person's shared files.

"No longer is Scour just a search engine, it's now a digital entertainment universe," Dan Rodrigues, says president. "SX makes Scour the pioneer in bringing digital entertainment into the home, allowing users to globally search for multimedia content through a comprehensive network of people sharing songs, movies, vacation photos and more.

"SX, combined with existing content and future technology, makes Scour the premier site to find, share and enjoy entertainment online."

By downloading the SX application, the user is immediately connected to the SX community, and guided to a section called SX Now!, an embedded Web browser that provides links to direct downloads of authorized music, video and image content.

Note that word "authorized." By whom? The copyright owner? You bet. Like the controversial Napster, Scour leaves the "authorization" problem up to the user, spelled out in its User Agreement:

"Scour respects copyright and other laws and expects SX and other scour users to do the same. As a condition of this license, you agree that you will not useSX or any other scour service to infringe the intellectual property or other rights of others in any way. Scour will comply with all applicable copyright and other laws, including the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (the "DMCA"), to protect content owners' works as such laws require..."

With this, the third major search-and-deploy download program to launch online (AOL's had a short life just weeks ago), expect the RIAA to come up with its own version to track the trackers.



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