Porn Kings Aflame Over Multimedia Patents
from the not-again dept
It seems like yet another company built entirely on the basis of a few patents they bought is now going around trying to demand licenses from thousands of companies, who they hope will just pay up to avoid having to pay legal fees. In this case, the patents have to do with digitally transmitting audio and video, and the patent holding company has chosen an interesting tactic to start the lawsuits: they're going after porn websites. The theory is that porn website owners want to keep a low profile, and if the cases go to court, it's tougher to get people to support porn companies. However, the porn sites are banding together and are going to try to fight back. Yet another example of how our patent system needs to be reformed. How exactly is this company helping to stimulate innovation?