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Did VoloMedia invent Podcasting?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 by Dave Winer.

They claim they did, in late 2003. Permalink to this paragraph

I'm certainly not a lawyer or an expert in patent law, but it seems the work Adam Curry and I did in creating the format and protocol for podcasting, in 2001, may have inspired their "invention." It certainly predates it.  Permalink to this paragraph

1/11/01: Payloads for RSSPermalink to this paragraph

Through out 2001 we did trials and experiments to learn how the protocol worked in practice. Radio UserLand, shipped in Jan 2002, was both a podcast distributor and a podcast client.  Permalink to this paragraph

By July 2003, I had helped Chris Lydon boot up his series of podcast interviews with the new bloggers of the day.  Permalink to this paragraph

All that happened before VoloMedia filed their patent application. Or so it seems. Permalink to this paragraph

ReadWriteWeb has a piece on the patent. Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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