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Online porn vs. Acacia

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A group calling themselves Internet Media Protective Association is working the legal angle against Acacia Media. A little digging shows that IMPA is more or less a front for online porn vendors.

On the one hand, I wouldn’t shed too many tears if the online porn folks dried up and went away (it might even lower the amount of spam that I get on a daily basis, but I doubt it). On the other hand, quite a bit of the forward motion in online technologies (secure purchasing, streaming audio/video, animation just for starters) has been pioneered by the adult industry.

And, as pointed out here, a successful push by Acacia could very easily result in a patent cost to anyone using streaming media.

Acacia claims its patents cover just about every form of digital audio and video distribution. According to Berman, these kinds of activities violate Acacia’s intellectual property rights: pushing MP3s from peer-to-peer groups, streaming newscasts from Internet radio sites and delivering movies through cable networks.

Off the top of my head, that sounds like just about everyone would be affected. Even someone as small as me, who has the occasional sound clip on my own site.

Thanks to Xeni for the tip.

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  • http://www.sxxxy.org L’Emmeredeur

    Porn is good. Thou shalt not question the porn.

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    There’s a very interesting article here about Acacia’s litigation.

    The whole thing is ridiculous – they’ve essentially patented a concept. I don’t understand how they even got a patent to cover such a broad-ranging technology in the first place. Isn’t that the point of the patent office – to prevent people from claiming everything is theirs? This is like someone patenting the concept of “circle,” then suing everyone who has used a circle in a product. And by going after the small-fry companies as Acacia has so far only indicates that they really don’t feel all that confident that they can take on the big guns of the industry with such a weak argument – but they sure can make a lot of money off of the small companies they bully into giving in to them. Sad and stupid.

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