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Old 12-18-2006, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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From: http://xbiz.com/news_print.php?cat=2&id=18671

The article is infuriatingly, tantalizing short of facts. But the essential is that they claim to have found a way to scan huge numbers of web pages at a time. No indication whether the technology looks for its own watermarks, or for digimarcs, or for what. Presumably, though, the system will document the infringement and give valid reports to support affidavits, requests for TRO's, preliminary injunctions, and giant, giant settlements.

As a federal judge once said, "The copyright law regards you as a thief, and your actions as thievery. Your [Opposition to MSJ] papers give this Court no reason to rule otherwise." Infringers are thieves, stealing the hard-earned income from beloved people like JimmyD and our favorite models.

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New Tool to Stop Online Copyright Infringement Unveiled
By Michael Hayes
Monday, December 18, 2006
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Picking up where the law has left many copyright holders without recourse, technology firm Attributor Corp. has gone public with a new product that scans billions of web pages at a time to seek out and identify instances of copyright infringement.
The new technology, which was developed by the year-old Silicon Valley startup, could prove to be a tonic for media companies desperate to stop — or at the very least curb — online infringement of their copyrights, a problem they see as without end given the ready accessibility of content through sites such as Google and YouTube.

So far, media companies have managed the problem with a mix of tools, including digital rights management technology, in-house Internet searches for infringement and armies of lawyers churning out cease-and-desist letters.

“We all know that as soon as somebody comes up with a way to secure a piece of property, somebody else will come within days and crack it,” attorney Lawrence Iser told the Wall Street Journal.

Attributor, which developed its product in “stealth mode” over the past year, announced the news publicly today in anticipation of a release early next year. The company also has announced that it has received $10 million dollars in capital to bring its product to the market.

Attributor was founded by Jim Brock, a former Yahoo executive, and Jim Pitkow, a former research scientist at Xerox and PARC.

“We believe that we can provide an infrastructure that will support all kinds of outcomes and remedies, which will align the interests of content owners, content hosts and search engines around legitimate syndication and monetization,” Brock said.

Pitkow, who holds more than 24 patents pertaining to information retrieval, claims to have solved the problem of scanning billions of web pages in one fell swoop using undisclosed technology.

Pitkow said he hopes media companies will purchase the Attributor service and use it as a tool to protect their content without having to resort to litigation.

“If it works, it’s fantastic,” Iser said.

While there is little information about how Attributor actually works, Wall Street Journal reporter Kevin Delaney said its approach is “seemingly more comprehensive” than other companies angling to do the same thing.

“They're real guys who have solved hardcore problems,” said, Ali Aydar CEO of digital music registry firm Snocap. “Content owners I've talked to outside of the music business would love a system, which tells them where their content is being utilized.”

For now, officials at Attributor said they would not monitor peer-to-peer file swapping systems, where a great deal of illegal content is traded. The company also declined to say how often it would update its index, which is a key part of staying on top of postings.
 
 
New Tool to Catch infringers or Venture Capital?
Old 12-18-2006, 11:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ah yes, scan billions of web pages simultaneously and almost instantly...

Pass the salt shaker, I'm going to need more than a grain or two to get this story down...

"it has received $10 million dollars in capital to bring its product to the market."

Anybody wanna bet it never makes it to market, but that the 10 mil gets spent on "development."

Color me skeptical...
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