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Vuze, Inc.
Type Private company
Founded 2006
Headquarters 835 Main Street
Redwood City, CA 94063, USA
Key people Gilles BianRosa, Olivier Chalouhi, Luther Kitahata, Peter Bradley, Milan Parikh
Industry Video distribution
Products Vuze (formerly Azureus)
Website www.vuze.com

Vuze, Inc. (formerly Azureus, Inc.) is a company formed by some of the core developers of the open source BitTorrent client Azureus. Based in Redwood City, California, it bills itself as "the company behind Azureus".[1]

In January 2007, the company launched an Azureus-powered open entertainment platform called Vuze (formerly Zudeo), which is intended to enable content providers to easily distribute their content over the Internet.[1]

The company claimed to have "distribution deals with 12 television, film and media companies"[2] and now seems to have deals with over 100 content providers around the world. Vuze attracts and features high quality content from a growing roster of global television networks (BBC, Showtime, PBS, A&E, National Geographic & more), premier production studios and thousands of maverick content creators. Vuze also provides viewers with access to a world of high-res content that can be viewed in DVD-quality and HD, right on a computer monitor or connected TV.

In November 2007, Vuze filed a petition with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to restrict Internet traffic throttling by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Vuze filed its “Petition for Rulemaking” to urge the FCC to adopt regulations limiting Internet traffic throttling, a practice by which ISPs block or slow the speed at which Internet content, including video files, can be uploaded or downloaded.[3] In December 2007, Vuze secured $20 million in its C round of funding.[4] This round was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with existing investors Redpoint Ventures, Greycoft Partners, BV Capital, and Jarl Mohn participating. As a result of the investment, TiVo Co-Founder and former CEO Mike Ramsay joined the Vuze Board of Directors.

On 2007-06-12, it was reported that Azureus, Inc. is being sued by the French music industry group Société des Producteurs de Phonogrammes en France (SPPF) under the new provisions of copyright law passed by the French Parliament in 2006.[5] The new copyright provisions, abbreviated to DADVSI, was designed to bring France in line with the European Union Copyright Directive (EUCD) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaty. The software developers could face criminal penalties including up to three years in prison and a €300,000 fine if the case is successfully prosecuted in French courts.

On 2006-12-20, the BBC announced that hundreds of episodes of its programs will be made available through Vuzer (restricted by DRM).[6]

References

  1. ^ a b Azureus (2006-12-04). "Azureus' Next-Generation Video Distribution Platform Goes Live". Press release. http://cache2.vuze.com/press/PR20061204_Zudeo_Goes_Live.pdf. Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  2. ^ Calore, Michael (2006-12-04). "Azureus' HD Vids Trump YouTube". Wired News. http://www.wired.com/news/technology/software/0,72223-0.html?tw=rss.index. Retrieved 2006-12-19. 
  3. ^ Video distributor wants FCC to stop ISP traffic 'throttling'(Washington Post):(2007-11-18) Retrieved on (2008-01-04).
  4. ^ Vuze, Inc. Secures $20 Million in New Round of Funding Led by Top Tier Investors(Vuze):(2007-12-19) Retrieved on (2008-01-04).
  5. ^ Azureus Facing Lawsuit in France
  6. ^ "BBC moves to file-sharing sites". BBC NEWS. 2006-12-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6194929.stm. Retrieved 2006-12-20. 

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