apparently Vazquez had Madrigal's brother kidnapped in Mexico, and demanded the rights to the screenplay in exchange for his release. Madrigal signed over the rights to the screenplay to Vazquez. Vazquez apparently then was able to sell the screenplay to Proud Mary Entertainment...
In what bizzaro world is a contract signed under duress legally binding anyway?
Can we not even wait until an acorn hits our head to start claiming that the sky is falling?
Did you want these patents to NOT be purchased at all? How was that going to happen?
From the point of view of a Microsoft or Google or Facebook, they have to defend against the potential of the actions that trolls would have taken against them. They pay the most, because they have the most to lose.
Try to wait a see what they DO with the patent (bad OR good) before you start whining. These guys have plenty of real issues to which you can validly take exception now, without having to reach for this nonsense.
"...the journalists who get lucky enough to find a job in the new industry will be paid far less than in their previous jobs due to leaner profit margins, a large and desperate pool of newly-unemployed journalists, and downward wage pressure.."