Here’s bad news for those of us who stream original content on the Web:

“California-based holding company Acacia Research claims they hold patents on streaming, downloading and just about every form of digital audio and video distribution out there—including pushing MP3s from peer-to-peer groups, streaming newscasts from Internet radio sites and delivering movies through cable networks.

Read more here. If Acacia gets its way, Apple, Real and even Microsoft could be liable.