We've written a few times about the patent troll "Personal Audio" which claims to hold a patent (US Patent 8,112,504) that it says covers podcasting. With this patent it's been busy shaking down the creators of a bunch of popular podcasts. The company's owner and his lawyer recently asserted (somehow, without laughing) that their patent was "the roadmap" for podcasting, even though no one involved in the early days of podcasting was even remotely aware of the patent.
It's taken some time, but the EFF has been targeting this particular patent, and has now officially challenged the patent seeking to get it invalidated.
"Bad patents like this one slow down innovation—exactly the opposite of what the patent system was intended to do," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Julie Samuels, the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. "We are thrilled to challenge this bad patent and make the world safer for creators and podcasters." The process involving these kinds of things is very slow and convoluted, but hopefully this patent can be busted, and podcasters won't have to live in fear of a shakedown letter from Personal Audio.
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