Mike Homer and Marc Canter

Supernova 2005
32 minutes, 14.8mb, recorded 2005-06-22
Mike Homer and Mark Canter
Several new services offer free storage and bandwidth for creative works submitted by anyone. In this session from Supernova 2005, Mike Homer and Marc Canter describe two such services that are quite different in architecture but share the goal of giving the masses a way to publish creative works.

Mike Homer describes Open Media Network, a new service based on the Kontiki secure peer-to-peer delivery system.
Homer says the mission of Open Media Network is to "bring back public broadcasting," as a "free public service for the mass publishing and viewing of legal content on the internet." Open Media Network uses an RSS media collector to bring in content and display it to viewers like a Tivo season pass. A volunteer curated system, it relies on viewers to rate and organize the media. In the future, it will provide synchronization with mobile devices and Tivo. Paid content and DRM are supported.

Marc Canter describes Ourmedia.org, a front end to storage and bandwidth offered by the Internet Archive. In contrast to Open Media Network's peer-to-peer approach, Ourmedia.org uses more traditional download and streaming to deliver media.

Canter says he created Ourmedia.org to provide "a free service for digital creators to have storage and bandwidth for free." Ourmedia.org had 25,000 members and 12,000 uploads as of June, 2005. In the future, it will provide a way for the creators of works to submit them to payment collection agencies, along the lines of Harry Fox or BMI/ASCAP in the traditional media world.

Canter now wants to create a registry to connect networks like these, so that people can find media from all networks.

Open Media Network is sponsored by the nonprofit Open Media Foundation, while Ourmedia.org is a nonprofit organization.

Mike Homer is the chairman and co-founder of Kontiki and an investor and advisor to Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), Tellme Networks, and Palm. Previously, Mike was a senior vice president at America Online. He held various executive positions at Netscape. Earlier, Mike was vice president of engineering at EO Corporation and vice president of marketing at GO Corporation. From 1982 to 1991, Mike held various technical and management positions at Apple Computer. He earned a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Marc Canter is CEO of Broadband Mechanics and the cofounder of Ourmedia.org. Canter helped found MacroMind, which became Macromedia. Marc is focused on helping to create and promulgate new kinds of standards for micro-content that include people, media, events, reviews, and listings. These open standards will then become the open source infrastructure needed for "digital lifestyle aggregation," which Broadband Mechanics is building for clients like Avid, Cyworld, Z-ff-Davis, EMI, Tony Perkins, aSmallWorld, Tribe.net, and Laszlo systems.


This program is from the Supernova 2005 series.

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