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Clickshare Joins Distributed Computing Industry Association, Demonstrates P2P Exchange Solution at Digital Music Forum.

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 1, 2004

Clickshare Service Corp. (www.Clickshare.com) today announced that it has joined the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA), the non-profit trade association pursuing consensus in working toward the paid and legal distribution of music and other digital content.

Clickshare is a commerce platform for Internet payment aggregation, an ideal environment for Peer-to-Peer (P2P) exchange of digital content. It enables single-bill, multi-site payments for digital content and commerce, with relationship management and privacy-enhancing features.

DCIA is engaged in developing standards and practices to advance innovative consumer-based distribution system. Representing all sectors of the distributed computing industry, DCIA membership comprises platform companies, content providers, and peer-to-peer operators.

The announcement was made today at the Digital Music Forum, where Clickshare demonstrated its solution in collaboration with BlueMaze Entertainment, DCide, Digital Containers, and INTENT MediaWorks. Digital Media Forum, at The French Institute (59th Street and Park Avenue) included five panels and three keynote addresses focused on the role of digital technology in the future of music.

"Clearly P2P is a growing technology with massive potential benefits for creators and consumers alike," said DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty. "Already progressive artists and labels are adopting P2P for distributing their music. Clickshare delivers content owners a safe, secure, and profitable affinity payment system for digital products, and we are delighted to have them as our newest member."

"Clickshare is founded on our conviction that people will pay for what they enjoy if given an easy and safe way to purchase digital content," said Clickshare CEO Rick Lerner. "We are pleased that a voluntary industry association is dedicated to this same objective, and look forward to cooperating to establish the best practices that will ensure the survival of the music industry in the 21st century."

"Membership in DCIA is part of Clickshare's strategy to become a leading participant in the online purchase of digital content," Lerner added. "The Internet has for too long offered music file swapping , often without paying the owners of the music. In Clickshare's network, buyers and sellers of digital goods can easily, securely, and privately purchase music or other downloadable products with a single click. With Clickshare's service, content owners protect themselves while satiating customer's hunger for the latest song or book, and customers have a secure, private way to make the purchase."

With its focus on privacy protection, Clickshare is ideal for the P2P businessplace. The Clickshare Service empowers customers to choose from among any of the independent Clickshare-enabled service providers and safeguard their personal and financial information.

Clickshare supports a variety of payment methods including: credit cards, debit cards, wallets, ACH transfers, and appends to circulation invoices, phone bills, wireless bills and ISP invoices. Able to handle small-valued purchases, which are typical of music downloads, Clickshare can aggregate micropayments, then collect from the customer once the amount reaches the level specified by the client.

The Digital Music Forum is addressing the business model for selling music online, and exploring ways for the music industry to profit from legitimate uses of P2P. DCIA members are companies focused on consumer behavior, adaption of new formats for music delivery, and crafting a winning future for the world of online music sales.

About DCIA

The Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit Delaware corporation supported by membership dues contributed by participating companies. Its mission is to advance the adoption of distributed computing technologies and the commercial development of business models based on them. It provides a forum for senior executive discussion, a medium for lobbying governmental authorities, and a vehicle for educating the public at large. Information is available at 888-864-DCIA or www.dcia.info

About Clickshare Service Corporation

Clickshare has been providing an Internet transaction infrastructure for shared authentication and single sign-on, enabling privacy-protected purchasing of text, music, video, software, and other products and services for nearly 10 years. With Clickshare, consumers have one account at a most-trusted website and buy from other websites without having to pass around a credit-card number, repeatedly register or give out personal information.

Clickshare's investors include Sawgrass Seacoast Investors LLC, the University of Massachusetts, Comtex News Network Inc., MultiService Corp., and private individuals, including founding executives of PeopleSoft Inc., and the former publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Chicago Sun-Times. Its executives, board and advisors include veterans of the software, publishing and financial-services industries. The company is located at 75 Water St., P.O. Box 657, Williamstown MA 01267-0657, 413-458-7000, and at www.Clickshare.com.
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