We could all be paying fees for watching streaming media of any kind in the near future, if Acacia has its way:

Due to its seemingly esoteric nature, major news outlets have reported on Acacia’s DMT patent claims only fleetingly. What’s surprising is how many trade organizations have continued to ignore this important and complex issue.

While this summer saw a flurry of major media outlet coverage of Acacia’s attempts to license its DMT patents—especially to universities and colleges—the rest of the year saw little to no reporting on this hot-button issue. This is somewhat understandable when you take into account the esoteric nature of Acacia’s patents; they may have far-reaching implications, but too few people understand the inner workings of digital media transmission to justify regular mainstream media coverage.

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