Overpeer opens the kimono on spoofing
a poster to file-sharing news site Zeropaid has done some digging into Big Content snitchware vendors Overpeer.

it appears that Overpeer was incubated and funded by South Korean conglomerate SK Group, whose other business interests range from textiles and chemicals, to optical media (that's right -- they make CD-Rs), to energy. in fact, these guys will get into bed with just about anyone: among their energy holdings is a 50-50 joint venture with the late, great Enron.

Marc Morgenstern, the New York-based company's CEO, is the former Senior VP for New Media of ASCAP -- one of the two major performing rights organizations (PROs) in the US. Zeropaid also says that Marc's the son of ASCAP vice-chair and Warner Chappell Music general manager Jay Morgenstern. PROs license music and collect royalties on behalf of composers, performers, and publishers (often Big Content-controlled entities like, er, Warner Chappell) from broadcast and live performances. while at ASCAP, Morgenstern was responsible (along with early snitchware vendor Cyveillance) for developing EZ-Seeker, a spider that trawled the Web in search of downloadable MP3s. offenders were then pressured to obtain ASCAP licenses, despite the claim that a downloadable MP3 constitutes a sale, rather than a performance. with Overpeer, Marc's taken the strongarm tactics to the next level.

exposing yet another flaw in America's intellectual property regime -- namely its propensity to award patents for dumbass ideas -- Overpeer's CSO, CheolWoong Lee, and CTO, Changyoung Lee have applied for a US Patent on their method for flooding networks with corrupted files. in the filing's abstract, the Lee boys say:

A method of preventing reduction of sales amount of records due to a digital music file illegally distributed through a communication network is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of a)producing an advertising digital music file by deteriorating or damaging a sound quality of an original music file of a record of a cooperating record corporation; and b)distributing the advertising digital music file through the communication network. The present invention provides a method of producing a digital music file with lower sound quality for publicity, and distributing it over the network before a formal record is sold, thus minimizing a distribution of the illegal digital music file with the same quality as the original music file on the network.
stripping out the crap Abelman, Frayne & Schwab charge $200/hour for, we can see that Overpeer's trying to patent the act of diddling an audio file with SoundForge then sharing it on KaZaA.

overall, though, the filing's a moderately interesting look at how the agents of Big Content are working to sabotage competitors in the market for online music distribution.