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Kevin Bermeister
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He is a technology innovator, real estate investor, philanthropist, and the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc. (BDE), an online distributor of licensed digital content and developer of technology. Bermeister is a founding investor in a number of successful technology and real estate ventures including Skype.

In 1983, Bermeister established Ozisoft, one of the first interactive multimedia companies. By 1990, Ozisoft was Australia's largest video games distributor. In 1992, Bermeister and his business partner Mark Dyne successfully led a management buyout, together with Sega Enterprises, to form Sega Ozisoft Pty Limited representing exclusively the world's largest video game publisher.

In 1994, Bermeister and his property consortium Jacfun[3] negotiated rights to property at Sydney's Darling Harbour and established the interactive Sega World Sydney amusement park, operated through a joint venture including shareholders Sega Enterprises Japan, Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsui Corp. This park utilized the latest in multimedia, entertainment and destination attraction events. Bermeister remains a director of Jacfun.

Bermeister founded Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc. in 1996, focusing on 3D graphics streaming and compression for which it was granted 8 patents. BDE was the founding member of the Distributed Industry Computing Association. The company developed a number of Internet interests including Altnet, a joint venture with Joltid Ltd., to develop and market secure distributed storage for content using P2P technology to reduce distribution costs and reach new audiences. In 2003 Altnet, using its distributed storage technology, became the largest provider of secure DRM content, having distributed 75 million licensed files to users of various P2P file sharing software applications.[8] Another initiative undertaken by Altnet under Bermeister's stewardship is Global File Registry, which enables governments and copyright owners to police the distribution of illegal or infringing material over distributed systems and the Internet.

In 2006 BDE, Altnet and Kazaa settled major litigation with leading music and motion picture industry plaintiffs. Since then, Bermeister has focused on building and acquiring content, technology and distribution assets for BDE.
During 2006, BDE acquired Kinetech Inc., a company with interests in patents and intellectual property licensing relating primarily to certain key distributing technologies that had been licensed by Altnet since 2002, and were essential to the distributed P2P storage and Global File Registry businesses of Altnet. Kinetech's patent and technology portfolio is often referred to as the Truenames Patent Portfolio.

In 2008, BDE acquired the Kazaa Trademark and relaunched Kazaa with music licenses from major music labels Universal, Sony, Warner Music Group and EMI, major independent record labels, and leading music publishers.

In 2011, BDE subsidiary Kinetech acquired a majority interest in PersonalWeb LLC a Tyler, Texas-based technology company. PersonalWeb develops its software based in part on the 13 pending and issued patents in the Truenames Patent Portfolio.

Bermeister is an active investor in Israeli real estate. In his latest real estate endeavors, he teamed with an Israeli retail magnate to bid for Nof Zion, a major residential project in South East Jerusalem and he acquired a stake in The Leonardo Inn at the entrance to the city. He is a founder of Jerusalem 5800 a long term planning and research project for greater Jerusalem. Bermeister is CEO of The Jerusalem Development Management, manager of The Jerusalem Development Fund.

Bermeister is a major benefactor and supporter of numerous charitable organizations including The Hunger Project, United Israel Appeal, Jewish Care, UniOne Foundation and Jake's Ladder, a foundation for research into Cystic Fibrosis. He was recently awarded the Yeshiva Center Leadership in Philanthropy Award.

Entries by Kevin Bermeister

Bibi's Delicate Diplomatic Dance

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 9:28 AM

The red line illustrated by Prime Minister Netanyahu during his now famous speech to the United Nations foreshadowed his present pattern of behavior. He now finds himself in an unenviable position, responding to demanding nations who strip layer after layer from Israel's primary assets in exchange for their illusive promise...

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Shifting Reality for Peace!

(65) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 3:57 PM

The current negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is a struggle close to the hearts of many. In such a heartfelt situation would you prefer your nemesis to say; "you can't have it" or "if it's true you can have it"? Hope springs eternal, but questions remain. The first...

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Is Content King?

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 4:50 PM

The battle between Facebook's 'open' web and Google's 'closed' web is on. It will be intriguing to watch these two giants going head-to-head for years to come, as they race to define the future content usage models of the Internet. What Google has already discovered, and Facebook is yet to...

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The Paradox of the Honey Bee

(6) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Shavuot celebrates the day the nation of Israel received its Torah (the Bible) and is associated with blossoming trees, flowers, milk and honey. Honey is the only kosher product that comes out of a non-kosher producer. So what were Israel's greatest scholars and mystical thinkers trying to convey as to...

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Israel: One Vote!

(40) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Looking back to the 1993 Oslo Accords, it is astounding that a series of distorted perspectives actually served as the catalyst for these negotiations. Moreover, these distortions, in turn, led to a series of events that has driven the Israeli people and, indeed, much of the world to pursue a...

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With God and Church on Their Side: Which God Is That?

(110) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 5:08 PM

An interesting article appeared in the weekend papers that ostensibly featured GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. What fascinated me about the piece was the fact that, in highlighting the Republican candidate, the article likewise demonstrated the growth of evangelical political power. At a campaign rally in Louisiana, Pastor Dennis Terry...

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The Neck and the Site of the Temple

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 1:59 PM

Jewish scholarly works frequently refer to the 'neck' in many instances relating it to the Temple's location in Jerusalem. One particular study of verse 4:4 in the Song of Songs, can be translated from its 22 letter Hebrew origin to: "Your neck is the Tower of David, built as an...

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What's Behind Washington's About Face On Internet Piracy

(3) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 11:13 AM

In a Washington backroom, the strategic battle lines being planned on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) front rapidly shifted gears last week. Publishers of the Internet's most popular websites took a stand in opposition to the proposed legislation aimed at eradicating Internet piracy. That legislation would further empower government...

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I'll Send Every Chabad Emissary on Earth a Copy of Kosher Jesus

(286) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 9:41 AM

When Rabbi Shmuley Boteach approached me to read the manuscript of his newly published book "Kosher Jesus," I was reticent and even a bit cautious given the massive and diverse audience of people that would likely be affected by his unique perspective on the subject of Jesus. Upon completion of...

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Keeping Score on Jewish Assimilation

(14) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 1:30 PM

On my walk through my local shopping strip on Saturday I overheard the florist comment that he'd sold more Christmas trees this year to Jewish families than non-Jewish families, and it got me thinking that the state of play for Team-Jewish is at a critical point of the game.


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Newt - Democracy's Blessing or Curse?

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 4:27 AM

In one fell swoop, Newt Gingrich focused the worlds' attention on all of the ignorance that has plagued Israel through more than 30 years of rhetoric and innuendo: a rhetoric cultivated by Israel's opponents and nurtured by those complacent enough to accept it as gospel. Beginning as early as the...

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Israel and the Red Cross Law

(43) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 4:05 PM

Just last week, a Memorandum of Understanding between Magen David Adom (Israel's primary ambulance service organization, known as MDA) and the Palestine Red Crescent Society was leaked. The unintentionally disclosed MoU not only speaks to attitudes between and within the two ambulatory societies themselves but it also offers up...

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Israel's Arab Spring

(71) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 6:50 PM

It's no wonder Israel's 1979 peace treaty with Egypt is under threat, after all, this was a treaty orchestrated by American politicians who colluded with Egypt's leaders to cajole Israelis into believing that the conditions for peace existed. After decades in power, however, the autocratic Egyptian regime that agreed to...

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Time Travel, Your Mother and the Limits of Science

(77) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 9:12 AM

What would happen if you traveled back in time and killed your mother before she gave birth to you? That would mean you could never be born, in which case, how could you have traveled back in time?

This riddle of cause-and-effect, while fun to spend a few hours scratching...

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Cold War or Employment and Peace?

(10) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 7:20 PM

On a recent trip to Israel, where I visit frequently, I was struck anew by the incredibly vibrant domestic economy that is flourishing there. This thriving market is all the more notable as its growth stands as a contrast to the stagnant economic life of other developed nations as well...

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God's Time, Science's Ideal

(36) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 7:20 PM

In March of last year, the physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland set a record for the most energetic science experiment ever conducted, probing space and time with unprecedented precision. The LHC is the culmination of an experimental program that began in the early part of the 20th...

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How Atheists and Believers Approach the Known and Unknown

(213) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 11:02 AM

An atheist and a God-fearing man pursue knowledge of the unknown and in the pursuit, material and spiritual worlds apparently opposed are unified. Juxtaposed, Science and Religion continue their respective journey's, inextricably bound by the unknown they peel away at its edge. Does it lead us to a dark abyss...

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