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Australian Financial Review : October 17th 2006
FBA 031 Storage solutions may require purchase of more than one product to implement these capabilities and may not be available on pictured product. TRADEMARKS: IBM, the IBM logo, System Storage and Take Back Control are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries or both. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others. ©Copyright IBM Australia Limited 2006. ABN 79 000 024 733. ©Copyright IBM Corporation 2006. All rights reserved. IBMCCA0648/AFR IBM.COM/AU/TAKEBACKCONTROL/STORAGE _INFRASTRUCTURE LOG _Day 45: These under-utilised storage boxes have proliferated exponentially. Their inability to share capacity has doomed us. We' re trapped in a maze of our own creation. _Day 47: I tried to give Gil a boost over this wall but he pulled a ham mie. _Day 48: I' ve taken back control with IBM® System StorageTM . Its SAN Volume Controller puts my entire storage universe into a simple, virtualised pool. And IBM has fourth-generation virtualisation technology and over 2,000 customers. I am seeing results. _Productivity is up. Utilisation is up. IT guys lost in mazes of data is down. The Australian Financial Review www.afr.com Tuesday 17 October 2006 31 INFORMATION IceTV breaches copyright, says Nine Susannah Moran KEY POINTS IceTV's technology makes it easier for viewers to skip advertisements. Subscribers can program their video recorders from their mobile phones. IceTV says it uses historical information in the public domain. An electronic program guide that allows subscribers to instantly record TV and skip ads is flagrantly breaching Channel Nine's copyright, a court heard yesterday. Channel Nine is suing IceTV in the Federal Court, and yesterday Channel Nine's barrister told the court that it owned the copyright to the weekly listings it provided to publications such as TV Week, The Sydney Morning Herald, various internet sites and to Foxtel. Although IceTV wrote its own synopses of television shows and movies, it still used the time and titles produced by Nine and therefore substantially breached its copyright, said Nine's barrister, Richard Cobden, SC. ''The fact that people may use [the TV guide] in a different way does not detract from the skill and labour . . . that goes into the assembly [of the guide],'' Mr Cobden said. He said that when Channel Nine licensed its guide electronically, for example to Foxtel, it made sure that it ''dead-ended'' and could not be used by other technology. Viewers could watch recorded programs only on their televisions and could not burn copies for wider distribution, he said. Mr Cobden said a lawyer working on the case had subscribed to the IceTV service but could not verify whether another program, the Personal Interactive Media Planner, or PIMP, was working. PIMP allows subscribers to program their recorders from their mobile phones. IceTV makes its money by sending subscribers a weekly TV guide that is sent via the internet to a digital video recorder. IceTV's technology allows its subscribers to fast forward in 30-second blocks, making it easier to skip ads. Its guide was copyrighted, the court heard. IceTV, which had three barristers in court yesterday, including its senior counsel, is defending the charges and claims that it uses historical information in the public domain to predict what shows will appear, and only slightly adjusts the program from internet sites to update it. Earlier this month IceTV said the lawsuit had forced it to defer its planned public float and that it had retrenched several staff to cut costs. No other television station has taken action against IceTV although the court heard that channels Seven and Ten had not given permission to license its program. SBS and ABC-TV had given permission, the court heard. The hearing continues. Recycling will feature in the tender. Photo: PHIL CARRICK Queue for slice of government pie From page 29 while file servers will be manufactured according to three specifications dictated by the size of the equipment. ''It allows us to get closer to a single SOE [standard operating environment] for all government and simplify support,'' Mr Edgecumbe said. He said it was likely most of the new computers would run Windows XP despite the launch of Windows Vista to corporate and government customers in November. Most of the agencies have a licensing agreement with Microsoft that expires in June 2008 and Vista will be evaluated by the government in the lead-up to that date. The PC tender closes in early November and the technology will be acquired by the government from January 2007. Consideration for computer recycling will feature heavily in the tender negotiations. ''The vendors will be required to take away the [old] PC at our request and dispose of it in an environmentally sensitive fashion,'' Mr Edgecumbe said. ''We've asked the tenderers to come back and explain their disposal policy.'' The government's $260 million telecommunications tender also closes in early November after coming on the market about four weeks ago. Telecommunications carriers will bid for a primary component that involves the supply of voice, mobile phone and fixed line services. This tender, expected to come on to the market by February, will cover a range of telecommunications hardware requirements. Mr Edgecumbe said the government was considering the role that voice over internet protocol technology would play in the future, but it was not a priority as the immediate focus was reducing expenditure on existing communications services. ''It's such a large contract that even if you reduce the costs by whatever percentage, it's still a very large contract,'' he said. The requirements for a separate tender for Unix servers potentially worth $10 million has not been completed. Mr Edgecumbe revealed that the government would issue tenders next year to upgrade corporate applications such as human resources, finance, records management and document management. ''All these tenders are terribly important. The real strategy here is about getting these electronic channels and over-the-counter [technology] co-ordination and more information online,'' he said.