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Your Stream is Infringing on My Patent
By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher)
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2003-02-21
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The patent wars sometimes takes ridiculous proportions with previously unknown companies attempting to enforce dubious patents on broad processes, commonly referred to as business method patents. Remember Intouch Group which had filed patent-infringement lawsuits against companies like Liquid Audio, Inc., Listen.com, Inc., Time Warner's Entertaindom LLC, Amazon.com and Discovermusic.com, Inc. in 2000? It's patent, originally intended for in-store kiosks, covered any technology it claimed that allowed music lovers to listen to or "sample" music content before making a purchase.

Well you've probably never heard of Acacia Research Corporation either, but they may literally shake-up the entire streaming market with their patents covering access to digital audio and video content via the Internet. More specifically, the company claims that patents for its DMT technology would cover everything from audio & video-on-demand as well as audio/video streaming over the Internet, cable television, direct broadcast satellite, and wireless systems. That of course pretty much encompasses the entirety of the streaming marketplace, including Arbitron-rated webcaster radioio.com which recently received a letter from Acacia that it was infringing on one or more of the company's patents. While Radioio is a relatively small player in the overall streaming market, it may only be a matter of time before Acacia sets its eyes on bigger game.

- Acacia Letter To Radioio

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» Acacia Announces DMT Licenses And Files Patent Infringement Lawsuits


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