licensing

  • Picfair Raises $520K To Take On Getty With An Image Marketplace

    Picfair Raises $520K To Take On Getty With An Image Marketplace

    Sites like Tumblr and Reddit have taken the practice of sharing pictures and turning them into viral memes into something of an art form. But on the paid, professional side of the equation — when pictures are used for commercial purposes — there has been relatively little evolution. Read More

  • Microsoft Said To Drop Windows Phone Fees For Some Smartphone OEMs

    Microsoft Said To Drop Windows Phone Fees For Some Smartphone OEMs

    Microsoft has dropped its licensing fees for at least two smartphone OEMs, according to a new report from The Times of India (via Verge), making it much easier for those competing in low-cost markets to build devices sporting Redmond’s mobile OS. The manufacturers are Karbonn and Lava, both partners announced among a group of entry-level device makers that are getting into Windows… Read More

  • HTC Rebuts Report It’s Paying Apple $6-$8 Per Handset Under 10-Year Licensing Deal: “It Is A Outrageous Number”, Says Chou

    HTC Rebuts Report It’s Paying Apple $6-$8 Per Handset Under 10-Year Licensing Deal: “It Is A Outrageous Number”, Says Chou

    Earlier this month Apple and HTC agreed to settle their legal differences by agreeing to a 10-year licensing deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but following the settlement, Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu suggested HTC could be paying Apple between $6 and $8 per handset. HTC CEO Peter Chou has now rebutted the estimate, describing it as “outrageous”, according to Reuters. Read More

  • Google Strikes Licensing Deal With European Music Publishers, Gains Access To 5.5M Tracks Across 35 Countries

    Google Strikes Licensing Deal With European Music Publishers, Gains Access To 5.5M Tracks Across 35 Countries

    Google has reached a new arrangement with European music publishing entities which will give it access to 5.5 million tracks spanning 35 countries, including artists like Lady Gaga and Rihanna. The arrangement was made with Armonia, one of the largest alliances of music publishers in the world. This should help Google expand the availability of its music content offerings. Read More

  • Linux Foundation launches Open Compliance Program

    Open source software has many benefits, but one of the greatest is the ability to not reinvent the wheel. By sharing solutions, the open source community is able to develop great software quickly and effectively. Although open source software usually stands alone, on ideological grounds, you can easily find examples of open source software in a great number of successful proprietary… Read More

  • EA's CEO: bad licensed games are bad, bad, bad


    Here’s something we all knew but probably never expected to hear from the lips of John Ricitiello. He says in an interview with MTV Games that games that rely solely on the game of their licensed counterparts are bad for business and damaging to the the industry’s credibility. I agree with that part, but I think EA is certainly guilty of squeezing every IP it has until it… Read More

  • Competitive eating, coming to a console near you

    [photopress:Kobayashi.jpg,full,left]Forget Madden 08, the sports game you should look forward to for your console will feature Major League Eating. No, really. Major League Eating is the governing body over sanctioned eating contests. You’ve seen them on ESPN 5, and soon you’ll be able to capture that excitement on your Xbox. Or PS3. Or, god help us, Wii. Mastiff Consumes Video… Read More

  • International Pandora Listeners Getting The Shaft

    For those of you unfamiliar with Pandora, it’s pretty much the best Internet radio service out there next to iTunes. It helps you find artists similar to those you currently listen to and it does a pretty darn-good job of doing it. But there is bad news for those of you who use Pandora and don’t live in the United States. As of today, you’re now banned from listening to… Read More

  • Cisco iPhone In Violation Of GPL

    A few days ago, I noticed some user on Digg pointing out that Cisco shouldn’t be suing Apple when Cisco is already violating terms of the GNU/GPL by using open source software (read: Linux) to power its iPhone WIP300 device. Today, Cisco has admitted that yes, it is indeed in violation but that it’s only “one issue”. One issue or not, you still screwed up Cisco and now… Read More