Federal Judge Says Seattle Startup’s TV Rebroadcasts Are Illegal

Seattle Tech and Online Marketing Roundup for Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Internet streams of over-the-air broadcasts illegal, says judge ARS Technica

The verdict requiring Seattle’s ivi to discontinue TV rebroadcasts sheds light on the lack of legal clarity regarding online video distribution, according to a lawyer for Public Knowledge. But broadcasters displeased with retransmission of content without express consent will no doubt celebrate the judge’s decision to disregard ivi’s insistence that its actions were protected by a decades-old statute.

CupidsPlay: Where Social gaming intersects with online dating TechFlash

Betting on the success of social games like Farmville, Bellevue newcomer CupidsPlay believes gaming is the new way to hook up online. Headed by a team with roots at Amazon.com and backed in part by Amazon venture capital, the startup is counting on its unique compatibility algorithm to connect the lovelorn through game play.

Parallels Promotes Birger Steen, Former Microsoft VP, to CEO All Things Digital

New Parallels CEO Birger Steen traded a promising career at Microsoft for a chance to take the privately held Renton, WA software company to the next level. Although Parallels gained recognition and won over Mac users with a tool that let them keep using Windows, products like Plesk make the VMWare rival a strong contender in server automation and virtualization.

SEO Tip of the Day – Useful Tool For Finding Competitor’s Backlinks

SEOHeap.com has a free Backlink Checker that is great for finding what sites that are linking to your competitors. It tends to find a lot more links than some other tools. Many sites that are linking to your competitors may be willing to link to you as well. You can also uncover some of the tactics your competitors are using to acquire links.

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