Bittorrent and Cachelogic have announced a few more details about their partnership today. Apparently they are working on a Cache Discovery Protocol that enables provider-based superseeding of legitimate content. From the Cachelogic press release:

"CDP will enable BitTorrent client software to automatically discover and take advantage of caching devices within an ISPís network to significantly accelerate the delivery of legitimate content whilst reducing costs."

The protocol itself is supposed to be open source, but how are they making the distinction between legal and illegal content? Well, that's where the second part of the announcement comes in. Cachelogic is introducing a network of ISP-based peer cache servers called Velocix.

"The VelociX Accelerated Media Delivery Platform comprises a global distributed network with significant delivery capacity located at strategic points across the Internet. The platform, and its interaction with P2P clients operating on the network, is dynamically controlled using CacheLogicís Cache Discovery Protocol (CDP) that enables accelerated media delivery and optimizes distribution of legal content."

Velocix uses some sort of registry to identify licensed content. One has to assume that everything that gets seeded by Bittorrent itself will make it onto the local provider peer cache platforms, where it gets distributed at faster speeds than ordinary Bittorrent traffic.

Of course this raises a whole bunch of net neutrality issues. Will they allow other legitimate Bittorrent hosters to utilize those ISP peer caches as well? Or will you have to pay your fees to Bittorrent in order to get your content out there reasonably fast, while all other P2P traffic gets throttled by the participating ISPs?

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