Giants of the internet industry have been targeted in an ambitious patent case levied by online entrepreneurs once sued by the music industry.
Kazaa founder Kevin Bermeister and StreamCast founder Michael Weiss both lost high profile cases to content owners in the 2000s for providing means to illegally download material. The two have since levelled several patent infringement cases at each other.
The new company will attempt to gain a share of the profits earned by several of the giants of cloud computing, including Google, YouTube, Amazon and Dropbox.
The company was deliberately established in the state, a favourable jurisdiction for plaintiffs in patent litigation cases.
The two entrepreneurs claim to have patents that cover “cloud computing, distributed search engine file systems, and content addressable storage".
They will argue that many of today's enterprise IT innovations were derived from peer-to-peer technology used for the distribution of pirated content during the last decade.
A spokesman for Google said the company wished not to comment.
Amazon, EMC and VMware have been contacted for comment.
A brief history
- 2003 – RIAA files suit against StreamCast (run by Weiss) over Morpheus service
- 2006 – StreamCast (run by Weiss) sues Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Kazaa (run by Bermeister) and Skype over P2P patents.
- 2006 – RIAA wins case against StreamCast
- 2007 – StreamCast suit against BDE, Kazaa, Skype etc thrown out of court.
- 2008 - StreamCast Networks files for bankruptcy.
- 2009 - Kazaa goes legit, but quietly attempts to sue StreamCast, again over patents.
- 2011 – Bermeister announces successful grant of patents.
- 2011 - Bermeister/Brilliant Digital Entertainment sells patents into new company, PersonalWeb.
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