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Microsoft Settles Burst.com Lawsuit

The $60 million settlement fee is lower than many had expected, and the agreement may make it difficult for Burst to pursue future licenses.
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Mar 2005

So You've Just Been Approached by Acacia...

You've gotten a letter from Acacia asking you to sign a licensing agreement. What are your options?
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Mar 2005

Acacia Makes Its Case

Acacia isn’t the first company to follow the patent licensing and litigation model, and it won’t be the last, as a flood of new companies with similar aspirations follow its lead. Here, Acacia's Robert Berman gives his company's side of the story, while patent experts provide an opposing view.
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Mar 2005

Acacia’s 27 New Patent Portfolios Just Tip of the Iceberg

The company’s attempts to enforce patents on streaming technology merely are representative of a larger, worldwide trend of firms working to collect patent licensing revenue.
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Jan 2005

Acacia Update: Still Flying Underneath the Radar

Due to its seemingly esoteric nature, most major news organizations have reported on Acacia’s DMT patent claims only fleetingly. What’s surprising is how many trade organizations—even those with members who’ve been contacted by Acacia—have continued to ignore this important and complex issue.
Featured Articles, Posted 30 Nov 2004

Grokster Enters Web Radio Market

Company teams with Mercora to combine peer-to-peer, streaming music service with social networking and search components.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Nov 2004

Acacia Update: 3rd Quarter Earnings Report Reveals Scope of Acacia’s Ambitions

Acacia enters into its 200th DMT licensing agreement while reporting third quarter licensing revenue of $740,000 from its DMT patents alone.
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Nov 2004

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

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