p2pnet news | Music:- Seeqpod is a cool on-line search application.
You enter an artist —- here, Joni Mitchell — and almost instantly, up come videos and tunes.
So now Warner Music Group is suing it, claiming it engages in "direct, contributory and vicarious infringement" .
The usual petty, mean-minded Big 4 BS which passes as a corporate business plan, in other words
"WMG also claims Seeqpod is using music to build up a large enough user base to start selling advertising, without compensating the label its use."
It also, "recently released an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, allowing users to place an icon on their main screen that directly connects to the service and allows them to stream tracks from the various sources," says the story.
On its site, "We are passionate about search and discovery algorithms and believe that one day, everything on the Web will need to be ‘playable’," says Seeqpod , continuing >>>
So, we decided to apply some very sophisticated technology to ‘Playable Search’ so that anyone, anywhere can mine the deepest crevices and corners of the Web for media that is publicly available, yet it is not always so easy to find. These kinds of search results may include video, slideshows, audio, interactive presentations, Adobe Flash demonstrations, animated graphics, rich multimedia objects and other things in addition to simple text.
How did we do this? In the Life Sciences division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory located in Berkeley, California, a special Search and Discovery algorithm was developed.
This algorithm mimics a portion of the process of human cognition, using technology which imitates the way the human brain associates things with one another.
This advanced search engine algorithm set and technology enabled biologists working at the Lab to discover hidden relationships in genomic data, enabling connections to be formed between human genes based on immense amounts of context and associations. It was observed that this technology could be applied to matching, searching and discovering relationships between any objects located on the Internet.
To move this effort forward, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory decided to take a 5% equity stake in an advanced search engine technology company now named SeeqPod, Inc.
Co-founded by Kasian Franks, Raf Podowski and Shekhar Lodha, SeeqPod is a totally different breed of search and discovery technology company. In addition to our Music search and discovery engine (in Beta), SeeqPod has plans to launch search and discovery engines within a variety of other verticals including Wiki, Video and Finance, with a focus on search results that are ‘playable’.
Our intelligent software robots work with targeted crawling systems to auto-submit links to content to the search index. This, combined with user URL submissions, results in a large and rich search and discovery index. This process can be viewed in real-time via the PodCrawler here www.seeqpod.com and here www.seeqpod.com/music.
Although we’re often associated with music sites because of our vast mp3 catalog, there is *much* more to SeeqPod than listening to your favorite tunes. In fact, SeeqPod Playable Search results are made up of a large variety of content, less than 5% of which are songs.
For example, most of SeeqPod’s Playable Search content can be broken down by the following types, including non-playable documents, 60% of which are made up of the following categories: 10% Video clips and interviews; 10% Images; 10% Generic audio clips; 5% Music; 2% Podcasts; 1% Slideshows; 1% Interactive Presentations (PPT); 1% Games; <1% Advertisements; <1% Lectures; 10% Third Party playable content (Sony BMG, YouTube API); 10% Miscellaneous. And of the General content pages found Webwide Wikipedia (10%) and Blogs (10%) comprise another 20%.
SeeqPod has provided public access to its technologies through a SeeqPod Media Search, Recommendation and Discovery Services (SMSRDS), REST-based API.
The SMSRDS API enables general search engines and third-party developers to easily integrate SeeqPod technologies into social networks, ad networks, and other consumer applications to improve their user’s experience in new and novel ways.
Billboard – WMG Sues Music Search Site Seeqpod , January 23, 2008
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