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Bad News for Video Curation Startups: Magnify Gets Patent and Permission To Sue Video Curation Services

Bad News for Video Curation Startups: Magnify Gets Patent and Permission To Sue Video Curation Services | MEDIACLUB |

Robin Good: Nonetheless founder Steven Rosenbaum states "“I believe in the freedom of innovation", his company has just been awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,117,545 covering hosted video discovery and publishing platforms.


The patent description clearly covers any web-based service which allows you to create a topic-specific channel with manually or auto-curated video content.


Here the exact wording: "A hosted system provides any Internet user with the ability to quickly set up and customize a video channel, preferably as a web page or site that can be reached from any Internet-accessible device having a web browser.


The solution includes tools for use by channel site creators to customize the look, feel, and page design.


A particular web page or site may be associated with a given subject.


As used herein, a page or site that has such an association is sometimes referred to as “subject-specific...” 


I don't know what's your take on this, but I personally don't see this as good news for curation and video curation startups, who are presently innovating in this space (like Blinkx, Redux, Chill, Vodpod, Magma, Yokto, Shufflr, Griddeo, Shortform,, Embedr, Plizy, Vidcaster, Yubby, and many others).


Patents, whether in the hands of large or small players are the antithesis of open innovation and it is for me difficult to support who in the name of a better future, choses to utilize the means of his worst enemies to achieve its business ends. 


While investors may indeed pretty happy about this, I am not.


Worrysome. 4/10 (Pass this news on)


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Via Robin Good
Metta's comment, December 28, 2013 2:43 PM
I wonder why the original article on BetaBeat hasn't been shared by anyone.
Robin Good's comment, December 28, 2013 6:26 PM
Here's the cherry on the cake:
Metta's comment, January 1, 2014 9:53 AM
What does he mean by 'economic rules'? <br>Fortunately, it seems they did not sue any of the companies so far.
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Make Your Audience Your Newsroom: Civicboom

Make Your Audience Your Newsroom: Civicboom | MEDIACLUB |

"Civicboom is an online platform designed to facilitate content-driven organizations and individuals to work together in generating rich media content.


Content-seekers can place a request for specific content. Then, by using the Civicboom mobile app (Android), or by uploading to the plug & go site, a content-creator can respond with rich-media directly to that request.


All incoming rich-media content is then managed by the content-seeker, and directed to a customizable plugin to be embedded on a website."

Read more about it here:


Sign-up here:


Via Robin Good, janlgordon
janlgordon's comment, November 15, 2011 4:28 PM
This is great Robin!