Acacia Decides To Be Friendly And Lower Extortion Demands

from the we're-not-quite-that-evil dept

Apparently realizing that their attempt to force universities to pay up for offering courses streaming online was getting something of a sympathetic reaction, Acacia has decided to reduce their licensing fees for Universities. Perhaps they realized they needed to do something as their attack on universities was making people realize that (a) this never should have been patented in the first place and (b) holding universities hostage via patents demonstrates exactly how patents can be abused. So, now they’re hoping they somehow look a bit nicer, by only trying to extort a smaller amount of money from universities. Maybe this will knock them down from the number one spot on the EFF’s list of all-around awful patents that need to be pulled.

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