This post IS about Blinkx. Is Blinkx already off to a deceptive start? Is it a scam business? Could the company be appealing for support from citizen media while posing? According to this recent post by J.D. Lasica (Thanks, Kent!), it appears as though Blinkx is not very forthcoming about it's background, seeing as how it may be a front for the megamogulempire, Autonomy Corporation.
This is reminiscent of my experience with Open Media Network (BTW, does anyone use OMN these days?). OMN used Rocketboom on the day it launched, co-branding itself with us and displaying us on their front page as if we were partners, when in fact we had never heard of them before.
Because OMN disguised itself as a non-profit, it was able to use Rocketboom content freely without a license. However, it's pretty clear that OMN is just a front for a commercial P2P service called Kontiki.
BTW, I just checked again, and now it looks as though over the last few days, Blinkx has taken the extra step of including our work within their system anyway, without our permission. They are currently hot-linking and/or illegally displaying our videos on their commercial site. It looks like they have made a copy of our videos and now host them for full playback on the own server because (1) we have not received a single inbound link to Rocketboom from Blinkx (unless its disguised by an ip address when it sucks our videos and I haven't seen the report yet) and (2) because the quality of the video is so horrible it seems like they would only re-compress our videos to save themselves bandwidth. I wonder what's going on.