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Trying to Stop Streaming Video

It's a battleground out there. Here are the players: Bob Berman, counsel for Acacia Media Technologies Corporation in one foxhole, and the Electronic Frontier Corporation and the American Council on Education in the other.

The issue? A patent for streaming media.

Acacia claims it owns (i.e. bought) the patent, and 48 colleges and universities use streaming media to deliver classes to the masses. Acacia initially went after adult entertainment sites (provide your own link here - I wouldn't dare to presume). However, in a preliminary ruling in Acacia's dispute with adult entertainment sites last month, a federal judge ruled that several terms in Acacia's patents were indefinite, a verdict that could weaken potential Acacia cases against other streaming video users.

Here's Dennis Crouch's take on it in the Patently Obvious blog.

The schools are crying foul, claiming that they don't have enough money to pay every patent holder that comes along. Berman, on the other hand, claims that "many colleges have patented technologies that their research departments have gotten issued," he said. "On the one hand, they like the revenue they make from their patents. On the other hand, they're saying we should allow them to ignore ours."

ACE and EFF have advised the schools not to pay. Acacia says it will sue.

Any bets on who picks up the gauntlet first?

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