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|Key people||Kasian Franks, Founder|
Raf Podowski, Founder
Shekhar Lodha, Founder
SeeqPod was a search and recommendation engine specifically for indexing and finding playable search results including audio, video, podcasts and Wikipedia articles that are publicly accessible on the World Wide Web. The site claims to index more than 13M individual tracks and files. On April 1, 2009, SeeqPod filed for bankruptcy protection under chapter 11. The service is currently unavailable, and some have speculated that SeeqPod has been purchased by Microsoft.
GenoPharm’s unique algorithm mimics the way a biologist searches through biomedical literature for connections between genes. The system, meant to serve as an add-on to a biologists brain, has allowed researches to find indirect connections between genes and therapies that had never been noticed before. This expedited the research process, allowing biologists to do in minutes what normally would have taken days.
The unique ability to understand complex, hidden relationships between genes and diseases was soon applied to playable media content on the internet under the name SeeqPod.
Since SeeqPod is powered by the GenoPharm algorithm, the engine solves search queries by linking relevant information automatically from each analyzed source of information, creating connections similar to how the human brain might. This is in contrast to the traditional search engines, which rely mostly on familiar keyword associations.
Primarily as a result of the company's legal struggles, SeeqPod filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 1, 2009. Around this time, the company looked at changing its business model by potentially licensing its technology to third-party developers. Some speculate that SeeqPod has been purchased by Microsoft or that the company has licensed SeeqPod's software. As of July 2009[update], the SeeqPod service is unavailable, with the website displaying a list of Seeqpod's community sites.
On January 18, 2008, Warner Music Group, along with Elektra Records and Rhino Records, filed a complaint against SeeqPod in the U.S. District Court Central District of California. Warner Music Group alleges that SeeqPod is liable for copyright infringement by linking to sites containing unauthorized and illegal copies of copyrighted music. The complaint points to SeeqPod’s ability to search for a particular type of content – music – that is copyrighted. SeeqPod is claiming safe harbor under Title II of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act ("OCILLA"), which creates a safe harbor for online service providers (OSPs, including ISPs) against copyright liability if they adhere to and qualify for certain prescribed safe harbor guidelines and promptly block access to allegedly infringing material (or remove such material from their systems) if they receive a notification claiming infringement from a copyright holder or the copyright holder's agent. In February 2009, Capitol Records and EMI filed a complaint against SeeqPod and its search engine technology.
While similar cases have been filed against YouTube, MP3Tunes.com, Veoh, PornoTube, and Divx/Stage 6, this case is particularly important as it directly tests how copyright law applies to search engines. Unlike the before-mentioned cases, which involve hosting copyrighted material, SeeqPod is the first to be sued for merely searching and presenting media available on other people's servers.
 See also
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Search, the Human Way". R&D Mag. 24 September 2008. http://www.rdmag.com/Awards/RD-100-Awards/2008/09/Search-The-Human-Way/.
- ↑ Hardy, Lachlan (26 July 2007). "SeeqPod Music and Recommendation Search Engine". ReadWriteWeb. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/seeqpod_music_and_recommendati.php.
- ↑ http://www.seeqpod.com/blog/2008/10/lets-put-the-disco-back-in-discovery/[dead link]
- ↑ Cheng, Jacqui (1 April 2009). "SeeqPod bullied into bankruptcy by record industry". Ars Technica. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/04/seeqpod-bullied-into-bankruptcy-by-record-industry.ars.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Van Buskirk, Eliot (11 May 2009). "SeeqPod Seeks New Life at Microsoft". Wired. http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/05/seeqpod-seeks-new-life-at-microsoft/.
- ↑ "A Search Engine that Thinks, Almost". Berkeley Lab News Center. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 31 March 2005. http://newscenter.lbl.gov/feature-stories/2005/03/31/a-search-engine-that-thinks-almost/.
- ↑ "R&D 100 Awards". R&D Mag. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071012025516/http://www.rdmag.com/awards.aspx.
- ↑ Rosoff, Matt (1 April 2009). "Digital Noise: Seeqpod bankruptcy will affect other sites". CNET News. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13526_3-10209631-27.html.
- ↑ Van Buskirk, Eliot (26 March 2009). "Facing Legal Pressure, SeeqPod Plans to Spawn Clones". Wired. http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/03/seeqpod-to-musi/.
- ↑ Bonanos, Paul (8 May 2009). "Did Microsoft Buy SeeqPod?". GigaOM. http://gigaom.com/2009/05/08/did-microsoft-buy-seeqpod/.
- ↑ "SeeqPod". http://seeqpod.com/. Retrieved 28 July 2009.
- ↑ "Warner v SeeqPod complaint" (PDF). Electronic Frontier Foundation. 18 January 2008. http://www.eff.org/files/Warner%20v%20SeeqPod%20complaint.pdf.
- ↑ von Lohmann, Fred (24 January 2008). "Latest Test for DMCA Safe Harbors: Warner Sues SeeqPod". Electronic Frontier Foundation. http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/01/latest-test-dmca-safe-harbors-warner-sues-seeqpod.
 External links
- SeeqPod Suit Thoughts – Comments on Warner Music Group's lawsuit against SeeqPod
- PC World – Five Ways to Share Music Without Getting Sued
- Macworld – Seeq and ye shall find
- Programmable Web – SeeqPod API
- Mashable – SeeqPod is an Active Music Search & Discovery Tool
- R&D Awards List 2008de:Seeqpod