p2pnet.net News:- Today, Mike Homer and Marc Andreesen announced their Open Media Network, “a free public service designed to help you enjoy a broad selection of movies, public TV and radio, video blogs and podcasts while protecting producer’s copyrights”.
Founded by Homer with Andreesen as an advisor and board member, “Content producers can easily add their programming to the network, with unlimited free delivery of their shows and with digital rights protection,” say the two.
“Through the service, consumers can view the content on multiple devices, including PCs and iPods today and televisions and cell phones by this summer. “
But then we learn OMN is powered by Kontiki, meaning content is centrally managed, with all that implies, and, “Programs which violate copyright or are unsuitable for viewing can be removed from the network,” says OMN, going on:
“Kontiki’s battle-tested technology has built-in digital rights management (DRM) through support of the Microsoft Windows Rights Manager and allows publishers to choose whether content can be shared, duplicated or viewed a set number of times."
Not at all coincidentally, Kontiki is owned by Homer, who’s also an ex-senior AOL vp.
“Future versions of OMN, due this summer, will offer producers a secure payment system for premium content,” says OMN.
At what point will OMN stop being free? – one wonders.
There’s no mention of lawsuits for “copyright violators” so presumably being kicked off OMN is punishment enough.
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Open Media Network – Launched in Public Beta Today, April 26, 2005