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
    Willton, 18 Jul 2008 @ 2:52pm

    Re: Where are the patent defenders?

    Gee, where are all the patent system defenders? Or is this one so overwhelmingly wrong, so incredibly absurd, that even angry dude hasn't shown up to argue in favor of the patent system?

    If this patent is as overly broad and obvious as some here claim it is, then it's a problem with the USPTO, not the patent system itself. Pro-patent folks, such as myself, realize that there are serious problems with the USPTO's patent examination process that need to be rectified. An honest debate about whether the patent system is good or bad shouldn't bring up shitty patents such as this one.

    Besides, attempting to enlighten the minds of stubborn programmers is an excercise in futility.

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