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1. WO2007002277 - COLLABORATIVE VIDEO VIA DISTRIBUTED STORAGE AND BLOGGING

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What is Claimed:

1. A decentralized, peer-to-peer, distributed storage system comprising:
a first collection of one or more services operative to receive a request for storage of a digital video or media clip, said digital video clip including a hierarchy of ownership metadata identifying a primary owner, said first owner associated with at least a first portion of the digital video clip; and
a second collection of one or more services operative to cause the digital video clip to be stored in a distributed manner over a plurality of network nodes that are communicatively coupled to the network.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the second collection of services is operative to divide a video or media clip into a plurality of check blocks, and to distribute the check blocks for storage on respective ones of the plurality of network nodes.

3. The system of claim 1, further comprising a third collection of services operative to retrieve and recombine a video or media clip from the plurality of network nodes.

4. The system of claim 3, wherein the third collection of services is operative to reconstitute a video or media clip and to stream the video clip to a requesting network node from which the video was requested.

5. The system of claim 4, wherein the third collection of services is operative to dynamically embed ad-related interstitials ads or other useful content into the video clip before or during delivery of the video clip to the requesting network node.

6. The system of claim 1, wherein a digital video or media clip includes metadata identifying an ownership hierarchy including a second, third, or subsequent owners associated with a sub-portions of the digital video or media clip.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein a digital video or media clip includes metadata including one or more pointers to a network-based site or location or mechanism for identifying a source at which the video clip was previously made available.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein the digital video or media clip includes metadata including one or more pointers to a network-based site at which the first portion of the video clip was previously made available.

9. A method for distributing ad-generated revenue, the method comprising:
storing a video or media clip in a distributed manner over a plurality of network nodes that are communicatively coupled to a network, said digital video clip including metadata identifying a first owner, said first owner associated with at least a first portion of the digital video clip;
dynamically embedding an ad-related interstitial into the video clip before or during delivery of the video clip to a requesting network node from which the video was requested; and allocating a first amount of revenue to the first owner if an ad link generated by the ad-related interstitial is selected at the requesting node.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein the digital video or media clip includes metadata identifying a second and/or subsequent owners, said second owners associated with a sub-portion of the digital video or media clip, the method further comprising:
allocating a second proportional amount of revenue to the second owner if the ad link is selected at the requesting node.

11. The method of claim 10, wherein the metadata identifies a first percentage of the video or media associated with the first owner and a second percentage of the video associated with the second owner, the method further comprising:
allocating an "ownership hierarchy" whereby the first and second amounts to the first and second owners, respectively, on a pro rata basis based on the respective percentages associated with each.

12. The method of claim 9, wherein the revenue includes a cash or equivalent payment.

13. The method of claim 9, wherein the revenue includes a non-cash payment.

14. The method of claim 9, wherein respective owners of each of the plurality of network nodes is compensated in exchange for providing storage space for data associated with at least a portion of the video clip.

15. A method for generating a video or media clip to ascribe ownership of at least a portion of the video clip, the method comprising: receiving a video or media clip created by a first author, said video clip including first content created by the first author and second content created by a second author; and
embedding into the video clip metadata identifying each of the first and second authors.

16. The method of claim 15, further comprising:
embedding into the video clip metadata including one or more pointers to a first network-based site at which the video clip was originally made available.

17. The method of claim 16, further comprising:
embedding into the video clip metadata including one or more pointers to a second network-based site at which the content created by the second author was originally made available.

18. The method of claim 15, further comprising:
embedding into the video clip a respective certificate associated with each of the first and second authors.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein embedding the certificate into the video clip includes watermarking or tagging the video or media clip with respective watermarks associated with each of the first and second authors.