Kevin Bermeister

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Kevin Bermeister
South Africa
Known forOzisoft (founder)
Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc. (founder & CEO)
AwardsYeshiva Center Leadership in Philanthropy

Kevin Bermeister (born 1960 in South Africa[1]) is an entrepreneur that has developed several businesses in the computer, multimedia and Internet industries.

He is a technology innovator, real estate investor, philanthropist, and the founder, chairman and CEO of Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc. (BDE).[2] Bermeister is a founding investor in a number of successful technology and real estate ventures including Skype.[3]


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 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[4] 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.

Bermeister founded Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc.[5] in 1996, focusing on 3D graphics streaming and compression for which it was granted 8 patents.[6] BDE was the founding member of the Distributed Industry Computing Association.[7] The company developed a number of Internet interests including Altnet, a joint venture with Joltid Ltd.,[8] 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.[9] Another initiative undertaken by Altnet under Bermeister's stewardship is Global File Registry,[10] 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 was acquired by Kinetech Inc.,[11] a company with interests in patents and intellectual property licensing relating primarily to certain key distributed technologies that had been licensed by Altnet since 2002 and important to P2P storage and Global File Registry businesses of Altnet. Kinetech's patent and technology portfolio is often referred to as the True Name Patent Portfolio.

In 2008, BDE acquired the Kazaa Trademark and relaunched Kazaa[12] 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 PersonalWeb,[13] 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.[14]

Activity in Israel[edit]

Bermeister is an active investor in Israeli real estate.[15] In his latest real estate endeavours, he teamed with an Israeli retail magnate to bid for Nof Zion, a major residential project in East Jerusalem[16] and he acquired a stake in The Leonardo Inn at the entrance to the city.[17] He is a founder of Jerusalem 5800, a long-term planning and research project for greater Jerusalem.[18]

Charity and sponsorship[edit]

Bermeister is a major benefactor and supporter of numerous charitable organisations including The Hunger Project, United Israel Appeal, Jewish Care, UniOne Foundation and Jake's Ladder, a foundation for research into cystic fibrosis, The City of David[dubious ] and Binyan Adei Ad. He was recently awarded the Yeshiva Center Leadership in Philanthropy[19] Award.


  1. ^ "Burmeister, Kevin". esearch Person Name Search. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Brilliant Digital is the leading online distributor of licensed digital content". Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  3. ^ Company Sale Took The Fun Out The Daily Telegraph [dead link]
  4. ^ "Sega World says it was deceived over office space". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 February 2011.
  5. ^ Public Offering Registration. Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc. 17 September Archived 21 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Patent 6538654". Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "SEC Info - Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc - '8-K' for 6/6/03 - EX-99". Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Altnet To Pay Kazaa Users For Swapping". CNET News. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Home".
  11. ^ "Kinetech Acquired Brilliant Digital Entertainment, BDE". Businesswire. 16 April 2007.
  12. ^ Hachman, Mark. "Kazaa Relaunches as Licensed Service". PCMag. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  13. ^ "PersonalWeb Melds with Brilliant Digital's Kinetech". DigitalMediaWire. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  14. ^ "PersonalWeb". Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  15. ^ Sanders, Edmund (31 August 2012). "Investor Kevin Bermeister has big plans for Jerusalem, West Bank". Los Angeles Times.
  16. ^ "Nof Zion Residents Express Relief". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  17. ^ Bermeister, Kevin. "Hotel Expansion". Hotel Management. Archived from the original on 9 March 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  18. ^ Bermeister, Kevin. "Founder Jerusalem 5800".
  19. ^ "Welcome to My awesome site | My awesome site".

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