Putting Metadata In Video For Search Purposes? Patented! Microsoft Sued

from the it-never-ends dept

The last time we wrote about a small company called Gotuit Media, it was in 2003, when the company was suing TiVo for an excessively broad patent about recording TV while playing back TV concurrently. Apparently, the company is still in the business of suing other companies that are putting obvious ideas into practice. For example, it's now suing Microsoft over its implementation of Silverlight-based videos for the Olympics on NBC's website. Microsoft's crime? Apparently the videos are going to include some metadata that will make them searchable, allowing users to search and find specific content. And, that, according to Gotuit, is patent infringement.

Of course, that's ridiculous. If you were to tackle the problem of how to create a search engine for video, one of the first things just about any competent programmer would think of is adding text metadata to the video that would then be used for search. But, thanks to the patent system, apparently you can only do that if you've agreed to pay Gotuit a licensing fee.

Filed Under: metadata, online video, silverlight, video
Companies: gotuit, microsoft


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  1. identicon
    DanielZ1, 18 Jul 2008 @ 4:03am

    Patents and Microsoft

    Let's not forget that Microsoft has not been totally innocent in the past. They have opening admitted to stealing technology and then challenging the company they are screwing to sue them. Also, they have been known to buy a company to obtain the technology legally if it was more expedient to do so then to defend their theft efforts.

    Also, Microsoft was given a Trade Mark for Window - how stupid is that? It was already a common term in the industry and therefore should NOT have been allowed to trademark the name Windows.

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