dirty little secret.
between TV and the Internet is already here. Convergence of mainstream
content and porn content is now here
but that's not the dirty
are starting to see strong revenue potential from the Adult Industry
in areas of digital media.
Real Networks have gotten themselves in bed with porn companies
by chasing after business deals to stream adult content.
currently handles Playboy's internet streaming content. Real Networks
has also shown themselves at InterNext in Las Vegas (Jan 5-7), a
porn industry convention that precedes CES by having a booth at
the convention (interesting enough, they weren't listed in the Exhibitors
A Real Networks
Product Manager was on hand to talk to digital media content websites
to utilize Real's platform for distribution. He said that Real would
have a PR person at CES and couldn't give any other info about Acacia
and their position.
I made the point
to him that if one of the big three companies (Microsoft, Real,
Apple) were to step into this Acacia issue by supporting the current
11 defendants, it would probably make people switch to using that
It's a very
strange position that the second a company uses Real Networks software
(or any other vendor) with content, that the company is infringing
upon the Acacia patent and the company isn't doing anything to support
use streaming servers or digital formats like Real, Windows Media
Server, Apple Quicktime, etc are targeted by Acacia for patent infringement
that ties content with delivery of the audio/video program.
The large software
companies have been quiet in their support for the current 11 porn
defendants who look forward to their first day in court for the
Markman Hearing on Feb 6th to defend against Acacia's patent claims.
The Adult Industry
is not the only targets of Acacia's licensing program. 24/7 University,
an e-learning company based out of Dallas, TX was recently named
in an Acacia PR for signing a license. 24/7 University is a Tier
2 partner of Real Networks and when I asked the CEO of 24/7 if Real
did anything to support him, he said NO.
There were other
mainstream vendors having booths at InterNext this year, a telltale
sign of mainstream acceptance of the Adult Industry marketplace.
So much of mainstream is afraid of the stigma of being associated
with porn and this is probably the reason why none of the big three
companies have stepped in to help the current defendants.
But the secret
is out! The stigma must not be so bad if Real Networks paid money
to have a booth at a porn convention. The secret is out that mainstream
wants to tap into the profitability of an industry that has survived
the dot-bomb era. What's not a secret is the lack of support by
the major players to support companies (mainstream or adult) who
use their products and are targeted by a patent claim that so many
feel is absurd.