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How to Get Started With Digital Rights Management

A service provider's perspective
Featured Articles, Posted 06 Oct 2004

Meet the New Draft, Same as the Old Draft

The U.S. Copyright Office has proposed an alternative to the much-criticized “Induce Act.” But critics say it does little to change the fact that the bill would essentially undercut the landmark 1984 Betamax decision.
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Sep 2004

Acacia Update: Busy Little Bees

From revising its licensing fees for schools to suing more cable companies, Acacia’s been keeping the streaming media industry on its toes. Here’s a look at what’s gone on in the last month.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Sep 2004

Acacia Releases Second Wave Aimed at Colleges and Universities

The company has made limited-time licensing offers to colleges and universities across the country, creating confusion among schools as to how to respond.
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Aug 2004

Commentary: No Matter What You Call It, the Inducing Infringement of Copyright Act Spells Trouble

Though it’s not aimed solely, or even primarily, at streaming media, the "Inducing Infringement of Copyright Act" should give anyone involved with moving content across the Web cause for concern.
Featured Articles, Posted 26 Jul 2004

District Court Delivers Blow to Acacia

The recent Markman Order may be the first step towards invalidating some of Acacia’s DMT patent claims, but the case still has a long way to go.
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Jul 2004

Streaming Media East 2004: Acacia Still a Hot-Button Issue

Acacia is still pursuing streaming providers who it claims violate its patents, going after small firms while leaving the "big three"—Microsoft, Apple, and Real—alone. Acacia's Robert Berman defended the company's actions, but didn't address some of the most pressing questions.
Featured Articles, Posted 02 Jun 2004

The Best of Streaming Media East 2004

The exhibit floor was hopping, but the real action took place in the conference sessions, where industry experts gave attendees tips on best practices, offered their take on the state of the industry, and gave a glimpse into the future of streaming media.
Featured Articles, Posted 19 May 2004

Patently Absurd? Streaming Users Face Acacia Patent Fight

CA-based holding company Acacia Research claims they hold patents on streaming, downloading and just about every form of digital audio and video distribution--including pushing MP3s from P2P groups, streaming newscasts from Internet radio sites and delivering movies through cable networks.
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Jan 2004

RIAA And Small Webcasters Reach Compromise;House To Vote Today

After seven days of virtually around-the-clock negotiations, record industry representatives and a group of small commercial webcasters reached a compromise Sunday night that could keep those webcasters from being bankrupted on October 20th by offering them a percentage-of-revenues royalty option.
Featured Articles, Posted 07 Oct 2002

Webcasting Royalty Rates Rejected

A controversial royalty rate plan for streaming music online has been rejected by the Librarian of Congress.
Featured Articles, Posted 21 May 2002

Comparing the Royalty Rates

Online Video News, Posted 21 Feb 2002

Legal Forum Tackles Content Copyright and Licensing Issues

Last week, Subscreen, a subsection of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law section, presented a workshop designed to examine legal issues surrounding streaming content. Contributor Max Bloom reports.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Nov 2000

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