The IMPA, a non-profit organization, has been created in response
to the maturing needs of the online industry. Now more than ever we
must organize ourselves in order to strengthen our position as a viable
industry that can protect itself against present and future threats
to commercial success.
Our goal is to help fight against predatory practices that impede
lawful commercial efforts while seeking to standardize the way we
conduct these efforts within our industry.
IMPA has targeted several distinct issues that require immediate attention.
The impact of these matters directly influences the bottom line and
are therefore chief concerns of the online media industry.
The IMPA seeks to oppose the Trademark Application for the term "Virtual
a percentage of gross income from every audio and video
content provider on the net, Acacia Technologies claims to own patents
that cover systems for transferring streaming and downloadable compressed
audio, video, and audio/video files. Acacia has sued approximately
forty companies for infringement of some of these patents. The IMPA
is backing a group of defendants that have hired Fish & Richardson,
P.C., one of the top intellectual properly law firms in the world,
to defend against Acacia's claims.
IMPA is preparing a recommendation for a code of ethical business