Wired News: Porn Sites May Stream No More: If you get past the first two-thirds of this article, which is about porns sites losing a lawsuit by default, you get to this gem:
“So far, 27 companies have settled with Acacia. Those include LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation, the hotel video-on-demand service, and Virgin Radio, a streaming music firm. … 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.”
So someone claims to have a patent on “just about every form of digital audio and video distribution”? Nice.