Patent Troll Says It Owns Podcasting; Sues Adam Carolla, HowStuffWorks

from the this-dept.-line-is-patented dept

We've written a few times about a patent trolling operation called Personal Audio. Like so many patent trolling companies, who's actually behind it is something of a mystery, but it does have an empty office in East Texas that no one ever goes to. It sued Apple and others claiming that it held patents on the concept of "playlists" and actually scored some victories. Amazingly, it sued Apple multiple times over the same patent, arguing that small changes to its products were new violations.

Well, the company is back with a "new" patent, 8,112,504, called a "System for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence" and appears to be claiming that podcasting itself violates the patent -- and has sued three podcasters, including Adam Carolla's "ACE Broadcasting," HowStuffWorks and Togi Entertainment. Personal Audio focuses on claim 31 of the patent, which you can read here:

31. Apparatus for disseminating a series of episodes represented by media files via the Internet as said episodes become available, said apparatus comprising:

one or more data storage servers,

one or more communication interfaces connected to the Internet for receiving requests received from remotely located client devices, and for responding to each given one of said requests by downloading a data file identified by a URL specified by said given one of said requests to the requesting client device,

one or more processors coupled to said one or more data storage servers and to said one or more communications interfaces for:
storing one or more media files representing each episode as said one or more media files become available, each of said one or more media files being stored at a storage location specified by a unique episode URL;
from time to time, as new episodes represented in said series of episodes become available, storing an updated version of a compilation file in one of said one or more data storage servers at a storage location identified by a predetermined URL, said updated version of said compilation file containing attribute data describing currently available episodes in said series of episodes, said attribute data for each given one of said currently available episodes including displayable text describing said given one of said currently available episodes and one or more episode URLs specifying the storage locations of one or more corresponding media files representing said given one of said episodes; and
employing one of said one or more communication interfaces to:
(a) receive a request from a requesting client device for the updated version of said compilation file located at said predetermined URL;
(b) download said updated version of said compilation file to said requesting client device; and
(c) thereafter receive and respond to a request from said requesting client device for one or more media files identified by one or more corresponding episode URLs included in the attribute data contained in said updated version of said compilation files.
Now, let's be clear. This patent was applied for on March 4, 2009 and granted on February 7, 2012. Isn't it great that the "new" USPTO is now rushing through patent approvals, so examiners like Carl Colin could claim that this patent was both "new" and "non-obvious" to those skilled in the art, when podcasting itself has been around since at least 2004. Hell, why not look it up on, oh, HowStuffWorks -- one of the companies being sued for "violating" this patent that wasn't applied for until 2009? Incredibly, Adam Carolla's podcast started on February 23, 2009... or exactly two weeks before this patent was applied for. Update: As pointed out in the comments, this is actually a "child" patent of an earlier application, so they can argue a priority date from back in 1996. In other words, this is really a submarine patent (which were supposed to have been outlawed).

Of course, with so many podcasters out there, Personal Audio is not just focused on the three companies it's sued. The EFF notes that the company has sent out licensing demands to a bunch of other podcasters, as well. The good news is that the EFF is now trying to help those podcasters fight back.

What might make this even more interesting would be if people like Adam Carolla, who have huge audiences that take what they say really seriously, were able to get those audiences suddenly interested in just how totally screwed up our patent system is. Want the problems of the patent system to go mainstream? Just start having Adam Carolla talk about how messed up it is a few times on his podcast. Carolla has said that his podcast is the most downloaded podcast ever -- and if his listeners understood just how screwed up things are with the system, perhaps we could actually make a move towards really fixing an incredibly broken patent system. Carolla has apparently talked about it a little bit, and called for a "grassroots legal defense fund," but that's not going to change the actual system. If he could speak out against the problems of the overall system, rather than just that one patent, it might help permeate the public consciousness that it's the system itself that's broken.






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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 5:58am

    Never mind when podcasts started, this sort of system was up and running before the Internet as newsgroups via UUCP.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 6:06am

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    Yep, there's decades of precursors, but they've probably tried to make the language as close to the modern day incarnation as possible to stop that from becoming accepted as "prior art". For example, the following sentence:

    "each of said one or more media files being stored at a storage location specified by a unique episode URL;"

    That rules out Usenet, because such URLs weren't used. Very sneaky, but what can you expect from these people?

     

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    Mr. LemurBoy (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 6:14am

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    I can expect them to be scumbags... but I wouldn't give them credit for much beyond that.

     

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    Alana (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 6:15am

    Then they shall be able to answer this question:

    What is a pod?

    How does one cast it?

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 6:15am

    This actually annoys me no end, largely because I'm a regular podcast listener and have been since late 2006. There's a lot of podcasters out there, but most either make no money or actually run their podcasts at a loss. The majority are just people in a bedroom with a laptop getting their opinions heard by a small group of like-minded listeners.

    Sure, a major podcast operation or broadcaster using podcasts as just one of their distribution tactics can fight back, change their distribution or simply pay up. Amateurs, on the other hand can neither pay nor fight, so will take the option to shut down their podcasts completely. This isn't just companies attacking other companies - it's peoples' art and hobbies being destroyed because some parasite wanted some free income.

    I hope that this gets overturned, and quickly, but it's yet another example of racketeers trying to destroy the hard work of others so that they can profit. How anyone can defend this system, where people are apparently able to claim ownership over something they not only didn't create, but was in operation for years before they came along, is beyond me.

     

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    JWW (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 6:27am

    This has got to be fixed

    Congress needs to pass one simple law.

    Any patent that can be boiled down to: We have a patent on doing X .... on the internet.

    Shall be declared null and void.

    This shit is getting ridiculous.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 6:48am

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    Of course "specified by a unique episode URL" translates almost literally to "on the internet."

     

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    Trails (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 6:48am

    Correction

    We've written a few times about a patent trolling operation called Personal Audio. Like so many patent trolling companies, whose actually behind it is something of a mystery,


    Whose should be who's, a contraction of who is.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 6:50am

    No new projects hiring me. Too many patents and not enough money or time to research it before you work on your new idea. It's a bunch of bullshit and will destroy American Innovation. If only the big guys (who can afford a patent and have the time) file patents then new ideas will be stifled because they don't want to have to research it.

     

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    Trails (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 6:51am

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    each of said one or more media files being stored at a storage location specified by a unique episode URL;


    My god, they invented using a Uniform Resource Locator to uniformly locate resources!! I woulda never though of that...

     

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    gorehound (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 6:57am

    Fuck em up the butt with a Bat !

     

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    Vidiot (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:15am

    Who is "Personal Audio"?

    From a Personal Audio press release, via PRWeb:

    "Personal Audio, Inc., a predecessor to Personal Audio, LLC, was founded in 1996 with a mission of offering personalized audio to listeners using portable players downloading content and playlists from the Internet. The self-funded company worked to develop such an audio player that could download, store and manipulate audio files and related data. That system, described in patent applications filed in October, 1996, pioneered techniques now commonly used today in MP3 players, smartphones, tablets and other products that store and play audio and video files and work with downloaded playlists and podcasts.

    The founder of the company was James Logan, an entrepreneur who previously had been a pioneer in the touch screen industry. He founded MicroTouch Systems, which became a public company and leader in the industry, and later Gotuit Media, a pioneer in the video metadata field.

    In 2009, Personal Audio, LLC was founded by Logan and Call to market the innovations described in the patents."

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:16am

    I'm still unclear

    I just don't get it. I read the lawsuit and I cannot figure out the infringement.

    If someone invents something and gets a patent then they get a monopoly on selling it. That makes sense to me, whether it is right or wrong. If I then recreate their invention and use it, but don't sell it, then I am not in any way infringing upon their monopoly, I am just using something that I made and I don't believe there is any law against that.

    I'm not sure how you can sue content creators for their use of technology which is at their disposal. They are not actively selling an apparatus for disseminating a series of episodes represented by media files via the Internet as said episodes become available. Even under the doctrine of equivalents, the content creators are selling content, not the apparatus for distribution.

    I think this is the first trolling case that I have seen on TD where there is no actual infringement of the patent in question, since patents merely protect the right to sell the patented product, not the right to use it.

    So could someone please explain the infringement to me?

     

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    jackn, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:19am

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    Yes, even some BBSs from the 80's cover this.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:23am

    A patent that issues approximately three years after its precursor application is files is hardly "rushing".

    The claims of the patent cover various iterations of an article of manufacture. It is not software, nor is it a business method. I daresay that the USPTO is not a "newbie" in the article of manufacture arts.

    A patent claim cannot be analyzed by a mere skim, and then immediately declared to be neither new nor non-obvious, unless, of course, one is simply predisposed to declare everything neither new nor non-obvious. It takes doing some homework before one can declaratively opine in an intellectually honest manner that such a claim is invalid.

    Apparently, the author of this article views the issuance of any patent as conclusive proof that the patent system is "broken".

    Sorry, but this article reads like a screed, and not a thoughtful analysis of the patent and its substantive scope.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:25am

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    Wrap it with barbed wire first.

     

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    Vidiot (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:29am

    Re: I'm still unclear

    My take on this... from a non-attorney viewpoint: Although there are, no doubt, suites of podcasting software available, as there are podcasting services, the patent is so broad that simply offering serialized recordings, without the use of any inventor's technology or devices, would infringe. The act of embedding the audio content, even using open-source HTML, would be, under these definitions, podcasting; and, apparently, Mr. James Logan invented it! (Right.)

     

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    Dave H, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:32am

    Effective filing date

    It is important to note that this patent claims the benefit of a parent case filed back in 2001, which the Google summary doesn't show, and THAT was a divisional of an application filed in 1996. Here's a link to the publication of the application filed in 2001:

    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2008/0155616.html

    and to the patent that issued from the application filed in 1996:

    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6199076.html

    The Examiner has to look at the claims and the prior art as of the filing date or effective filing date of the application. Also remember that it's the claims that are enforced, not the disclosure as a whole. I'm not commenting on the validity of any of the claims - just pointing out that the effective filing date is earlier than would appear from the Google summary of the patent under discussion.

    There are bound to be lots of things that a suit would latch onto since in a cursory review of the file history of the 2001 application I see that it went abandoned in 2003, but was revived, eventually, in 2008. It's bound to get ugly if any defendant sticks to its guns.

     

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    Vidiot (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:32am

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    It would be interesting to hear a judge construe these very broad, non-specific claims. And, no doubt, we'll get an opportunity to hear just that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:34am

    Re: I'm still unclear

    Patent law provides five (5) separate rights:

    The exclusive right to prevent others from making, using, selling, offering to sell, and importing that which is within the scope of one or more claims contained within the patent as issued.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:36am

    Re: This has got to be fixed

    I'll truncate that to a far more straightforward fix:
    Any patent shall be declared null and void.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:36am

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    Do you have anything substantive to add? Probably not.

    The facts are these: however quickly or slowly the patent was examined, it describes things that existed before the patent was filed. Said patent is now being used to attack those who were using said technology before the patent was filed. Those are hardly the earliest examples of such people using technology, but even if they were their usage predates the patent application.

    How do you defend this? No deflection and distortion, please - facts.

    "Apparently, the author of this article views the issuance of any patent as conclusive proof that the patent system is "broken"."

    Careful, you don't want to get your strawman burned, do you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:36am

    Re:

    "Apparently, the author of this article views the issuance of any patent as conclusive proof that the patent system is "broken"."

    If only it was just this particular patent...

    The fact is, the patent system is completely busted. Evidence of that is that every other week you get stories of some douchebag abusing the patent system to crush competition or to siphon away money from the actual innovators.

     

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    Niall (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:37am

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    If you read the article, it says that the patent was applied for in 2009 (several years after prior art), and only issued in 2012, which is hardly rushed.

    Quite aside from the issue of when this was applied for and granted, the thing that bothers us regulars on Techdirt is that it is very apparently yet another "doing something obvious (on the internet)" type patent, which really wrecks the whole point of any kind of "I invented it" defence. Just call it "I was first to apply for a licence for monopoly to gouge" and be done with!

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:37am

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    A patent that issues approximately three years after its precursor application is files is hardly "rushing".


    You think they actually spent 3 years looking at this? Or you think they spent the customary 18 hours or so? Either way, it was taking 5 or 6 years to get patents through a few years ago. Now it's taking 3. Someone's sped things up...

    The claims of the patent cover various iterations of an article of manufacture. It is not software, nor is it a business method. I daresay that the USPTO is not a "newbie" in the article of manufacture arts.

    Ha! So, despite the fact that what they're being sued for has been in existence since way before the patent was applied for, you're sure this was done right because the USPTO is "not a newbie"?

    A patent claim cannot be analyzed by a mere skim, and then immediately declared to be neither new nor non-obvious, unless, of course, one is simply predisposed to declare everything neither new nor non-obvious. It takes doing some homework before one can declaratively opine in an intellectually honest manner that such a claim is invalid.

    If you're being intellectually honest, you'd explain that claiming a patent on podcasting -- something that is being done in the millions and has been done since before this patent existed, is clearly not something you could patent in 2009. But you're not intellectually honest.

    Besides, I note that you avoid making any substantive analysis yourself, other than to say that the USPTO must know what they're doing.

    Apparently, the author of this article views the issuance of any patent as conclusive proof that the patent system is "broken".

    No. I never said that. Why would you make such a suggestion? Considering the rest of your post is about how I shouldn't jump to conclusions, why is it that you then jump to an even less supported conclusion?

    Sorry, but this article reads like a screed, and not a thoughtful analysis of the patent and its substantive scope.


    Sorry, but your comment reads like a screed, not a thoughtful analysis of my post and the facts of podcasting's history.

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:38am

    Re: Who is "Personal Audio"?

    Judging by the description of that company, you'd think they were pirates.
    "downloading content...from the Internet"
    "self-funded"
    "download, store and manipulate audio"
    "MP3"
    Can we sic the studios on them?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:45am

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    I, too, possess the capability to punctuate my discourse with sesquipedalian loquaciousness. Such activity does not, contrary to prevailing wisdom, adequately demonstrate to listeners my advanced intellect.

     

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    Mike, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:49am

    Patent was filed in 1996

    Here's a link to the patent: http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT8112504

    You'll see that this particular application claims priority all the way back to Oct. 2, 1996. The original patent application issued as Patent No. 6,199,076. The 2009 "filing date" was only when this particular child application was filed.

    I don't know the merits of the PA case, but at a minimum, you're analysis above is wrong based solely on the date you used.

     

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    Mike, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:50am

    Re: Patent was filed in 1996

    you're = your

    That is all.

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:57am

    Re:

    The claims of the patent cover various iterations of an article of manufacture.

    Surprisingly, I'll agree:
    "Claims
    1. A media player for acquiring and reproducing media program files...comprising:
    a digital memory,
    a communications port...
    a processor coupled to said digital memory and to said communications port...
    2. A media player as set forth in claim 1 wherein said digital memory includes a mass storage device for persistently storing attribute data and media files downloaded via said communications port."

    It sounds to me like they've patented an iPod. In 2009.

    It is not software, nor is it a business method.

    Well, continuing reading the rest of the claims, they're mostly functions performed by software on the device patented in Claim 1. Which to my understanding of even the craziness of the patent system would wouldn't apply to someone doing similar things on a general purpose computer, right?

    So why are they suing people who produce and distribute podcasts over the internet?

    Unless they *are* claiming that the patent applies to software running on general purpose computers. But you just said they didn't patent software.

    So again, why are they suing people who produce and distribute podcasts over the internet?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:02am

    Re: Re:

    You made declarative statements, so at the very least you should present a claim analysis, which in many, if not most cases, requires a review of the associated file wrapper.

    Because it appears no such analysis has been performed, there is simply no basis for stating a legal conclusion without relevant factual support that applies tests such as KSR v. Teleflex.

    As for the various complaints, almost certainly each will be challenged on the basis that the plaintiff has failed to plead factual allegations sufficient to place the defendant's on notice as to why it is believed they are infringing the patent. I believe such challenges will be sustained, at which time the plaintiff will need to amend each complaint to comply with applicable pleading standards.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:07am

    Re: Re:

    One must read each and every claim as a whole, and this includes each and every limitation associated with each element of the claimed invention. Relying on a heavily redacted claim mentioning some elements without reference to such limitations does not meet this standard.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:09am

    Re: Patent was filed in 1996

    So, instead of suing people who were already using a technology before the patent was applied for, they're suing people who independently started them afterward. People who were using and creating via a group of independent technologies that became popular while PA were just waiting for the patent to be approved.

    That doesn't make it better, nor change the overall point of the article. Nothing was created as a result of this patent being applied, but much stands to be destroyed. PA are trying to line their pockets while *users* of the pre-existing technologies that were around for years before they even started using it themselves. That's not right, no matter how you try to spin it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:10am

    Direct

    Pretty Please, Could we move this straight to the appeal panel that handled the NewEgg case?

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:17am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Follow the link to the patent in the article. All the claims are there in full, and since anyone can easily follow the link and see them all, I didn't bother to reproduce them all. (Wouldn't want to get sued for copyright infringement because I quoted an entire patent, ya know.)

    Please follow the link and then respond. Again, I'll state, after reading through all 35 claims, that the only thing that is not software or a business method they claim to have invented in this patent resembles an iPod.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:26am

    Sue the USPTO

    The problem is the USPTO!

    As the USPTO is the foundation for this claim, and the USPTO did not invalidate this patent as obvious, then the USPTO should be held accountable for damages it's actions have caused!

    A counter suit should be filed for damages by everyone being sued using this patent. This counter suit should include the USPTO!

    A media player is just another name that could be a unix computer with sound capabilities. Unix computers do often log usage for billing it's users. Said computers often had limits that required breaking large chunks of data into smaller parts for processing/usage. Said computers often used files to point to other files. Networked unix computers have existed for a long time. So two unix computers connected via a network, one with sound is what this patent describes. Said unix computers existed well before 1990!


    So a counter suit for damages that includes the patent owner and the USPTO is the way to stop this mess.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:26am

    Perhaps...

    The reason Adam doesn't address the major causes of this issue is that he has built his career through the assistance of the major legacy media companies that all support really strong IP enforcement and addressing the actual cause of these sorts of issues directly would likely anger those very same companies so, unfortunately he will likely keep it narrowed to the scope of his specific case.

    Either that or he simply doesn't understand the root cause of the issue.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:31am

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    [waves] Hi AJ. Surprised you didn't throw in anything about his sitting on the fence or not having an opinion despite having one.

    Maybe you're growing up. (But I doubt it.)

    Also, just sign in already. Your "analysis" and responses either single you out as a wannabe lawyer (which thus far you are) or your ad hom fueled vendetta against Mike singles you out for its ad homs (which you use to the point that anyone can say, "Oh yeah, that's AJ speaking").

    Oh that's right, you're not automatically signed in on your phone or your wife's computer. Because we know how difficult it is to sign in on a new computer or mobile phone. No one has ever successfully signed in on either device or on any other occasion in the history of mankind. Maybe you can be the first. Then file a patent on it and add "on the internet".

     

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    jjmsan, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:33am

    Legal defense fund

    The government funds legal defense for people accused of a crime (granted not adequately). So lets have the Patent office pay for the defense of people or corporations sued for newly granted patents.

     

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    AnonCow, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:40am

    Gross incompetence?

    The real question is how can a patent inspector call this new and non-obvious and still have a job the next day?

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Let's not attack him when he's commenting like an adult. That makes us no better than when he vandalizes the comments. (above comment reported)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:44am

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    Exactly what in Mike's reply would constitute "sesquipedalian loquaciousness"?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:49am

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    Sorry. Misread the indentation. Carry on.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:50am

    Re: Patent was filed in 1996

    So rather than actually build anything, they simply tracked what other people were doing by filing updated patents.
    /s?

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:51am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Here's the thing for me as a layman. All of this legal business of having to check each claim independently, etc., is beside the point. The point is that the troll is using this patent to claim he is owed money for doing something that was being done before the patent was filed (even if you take the 1996 date). Even ignoring that, this was an obvious idea from the moment this sort of thing became possible, let alone feasible (I know, I was there). It's one of the first things you think of.

    Regardless of the legality of the patent, there is nothing novel or new there. This is trolling at its most pure form.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:55am

    Re: Gross incompetence?

    Really, really low standards in the patent office.

     

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    Woody, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 8:56am

    Re:

    I doubt that example would qualify as "media file" unless you count the .binaries, but even those were in ascii.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re: Gross incompetence?

    Actually I think it's more laziness. Since when patent trolls file for patents, if it is rejected, they simply change the wording a bit and refile it starting the process all over again and again until it is finally granted. With an already flooded and overburdened USPTO, it's easier for them to simply grant it and then let the legislative branch invalidate them later if it goes far enough through the legal system.

     

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    Dave (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 9:52am

    Re: Can we sic the studios on them?

    No, because Personal Audio founder Jim Logan had extensive working relationships with the studios while he was with Gotuit Media.

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jim-logan/1/b80/339

    It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Logan and Personal Audio were merely Big Media puppets at work here, trying to squash alternative programming. This might explain why Adam Carolla is the first target, beyond the fact that he's the biggest podcaster. After all, he rejected Big Media to strike out on his own. Wouldn't surprise me if they went after Glenn Beck next -- although Big Media *fired* him, which is a little bit different.

    Say, does Newegg have a podcast? Think they could start one?

     

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    Dave (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 9:56am

    Say, does Newegg have a podcast?

    If not, can we get them to start one?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 10:00am

    What might make this even more interesting would be if people like Adam Carolla, who have huge audiences that take what they say really seriously, were able to get those audiences suddenly interested in just how totally screwed up our patent system is. Want the problems of the patent system to go mainstream? Just start having Adam Carolla talk about how messed up it is a few times on his podcast

    As someone who is very familiar with Adam Carolla from way back in the mid 90's when he was on Loveline )although I admit I have not kept up with him the past few years) I can say two things about him:

    1) He is NOT shy about expressing his opinions, and has been well known to go on long rants about topics he feel are total BS.

    2) He is very good at explaining complicated things in terms laymen can often easily understand.

    Like 4chan or Reddit (as just 2 examples) he is a force better off not annoying if at all possible.

     

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    Ryan Northrup, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 10:05am

    Software patents need to die

    This kind of patent trolling only contributes to my opinion that software patents do *way* more harm than good, and thus need to be eradicated immediately.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 10:23am

    Re: Re:

    Every electronic circuit I have ever seen can be reduced to basic elements such as capacitors, resistors, and inductors. If this is the test you apply (a part already exists), then nothing would ever be deemed new.

     

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    Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 10:37am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Please stop calling the Diamond Rio an ipod, and please never capitalize a letter directly following a lowercase "i".

    Thank you, that will be all.

    (PS - I agree with your analysis of the frivolity of this patent's issuance. The prior art to these claims is so ridiculously obvious the only explanation is that all USPTO examiners must be required to have been Amish hermits immediately preceding their USPTO appointments.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 10:40am

    Re: Re:

    Media includes written works, including news, as part digital media.

     

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    Mike, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 10:46am

    Re: Re: Patent was filed in 1996

    "they're suing people who independently started them afterward. People who were using and creating via a group of independent technologies that became popular while PA were just waiting for the patent to be approved."

    Well, infringement usually occurs AFTER a patent is filed, yes. Independent creation is not a defense to patent infringement (unlike copyright). The publication of a patent application and the granting of a patent is treated as constructive notice of the invention so nothing can be "independent" anyway.

    I don't know what PA was doing in the interim. If they sat on their rights, there is a defense of laches.

    Finally, you (in theory) cannot claim an invention that is not described or supported in the specification. If it is not described or supported, the patent claims will be invalid.

    "Nothing was created as a result of this patent being applied, but much stands to be destroyed."

    Objection, facts not in evidence. By at least one account (see comments above) PA may have been a real company for some period of time.

    At some level, the whole point of a patent is to protect the innovator from being trounced by second-comers able to capitalize for free on the activities of the first mover.

    But before I get trounced for supporting a patent troll, that was never my objective. I was merely pointing out the premise of the date disparity was wrong. The first filing occurred more than a decade before.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 12:15pm

    Re: Effective filing date

    It is important to note that this patent claims the benefit of a parent case filed back in 2001, which the Google summary doesn't show, and THAT was a divisional of an application filed in 1996. Here's a link to the publication of the application filed in 2001:

    This is a valid point, and my bad for not including it. I had meant to check on that before publishing and I did not. That's totally my fault. I've updated the post to reflect that.

    That doesn't change most of the analysis however. Worse, that makes this really look like a submarine patent, which wasn't supposed to be allowed any more...

     

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    Simple Mind (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 12:35pm

    What if Caveman had patented the wheel?

    Cave-lawyer: "Cave-man has just been issued a patent on the Wheel. We saw you moving blocks of stone on a platform of rolling logs. Pay us 3 wolf-pelts and 2 saber-tooth knives or we will sue you for a side of mastadon."

    Cave-mason: "But I have been moving stuff on rolling logs for over 10 years and others have been doing it too. How can Cave-PTO issue such a broad patent now, given all of the obvious prior art?"

    Cave-lawyer: "You have to examine each of the claims to measure their individual validity. You can't just say the patent is obvious without looking at the details. Cave-PTO examiners are experts that went to Cave-harvard university."

    Cave-mason: [After carefully examining the stone tablet inscribed with the patent.] "I see this patent was applied for 6 years ago. That was around the same time I did some construction work on Cave-man's cave."

    Cave-lawyer: "Cave-man draws inspiration for his inventions from many sources. Anyway, you better just pay up the 3 little pelts or you risk losing an entire half of a Mastadon. Plus you will be held up in extended court proceedings away from your work while your wife and children starve."

    (Very early in its history, the human race goes extinct.)

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 12:45pm

    Apparatus for disseminating a series of episodes represented by media files via the Internet as said episodes become available, said apparatus comprising:

    "Apparatus for disseminating a series of episodes represented by media files via the Internet as said episodes become available, said apparatus comprising:"


    Ha ha ha. Well c'mon guys its ON THE INTERNET. LOL.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 12:52pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    This is more a case of substituting a FET for a valve and calling it a new circuit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Gross incompetence?

    Job creation for lawyers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 1:28pm

    Re: Re: Effective filing date

    "That doesn't change most of analysis..."

    Skimming a claim, waiving one's arms and saying words to the effect "How could this have happened?", and then declaring it yet another example of a "broken patent system" is not an "analysis" as that word is commonly understood.

    "...submarine patent..."

    "Submarines" were associated with prior law where applications were kept in the strictest of confidence and an applicant was permitted to file an unlimited number of "continuation" applications. While this was the law the term of a patent was determined by the date a patent was issued. This has since been changed such that a patent term begins with the filing date of the first application, and not the date of issue. Moreover, a division is a type of application where the first filed application was determined to contain claims to more than one invention. A restriction requirement is imposed limiting the application to claiming just one of the inventions. In order for the other invention(s) to be examined, the applicant must file a separate application, which application has an effective filing date corresponding to the date of the original application.

     

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    Zangetsu (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 1:44pm

    Sue Apple

    To be honest, from the piece that I read it really looks like they are talking about iTunes and not necessarily podcasting in general. For example, Apparatus for disseminating a series of episodes represented by media files via the Internet as said episodes become available seems more like iTunes than anything else. So, when is he suing Apple?

     

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    ipatenttheyhatin (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 1:59pm

    OMG! They issued another Patent!

    Seriously, there are a lot of stupid patents. This one is not one of those. Very extensive write-up, dates back to 1996. I really don't understand you people. Just pay a small license and pod cast till you are blue in the face. Why the butthurt?

     

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    ipatenttheyhatin (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 2:01pm

    Re: Re: Effective filing date

    ok ok we get it. Your portal is all about patent rage. It's like trying to talk sense to Rish Limbaugh. Oh no!!!! Another Patent!!!!! Buy gold!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 2:10pm

    Re: Effective filing date

    Continuation looks like a way to file a vague patent on a guess, and then fill in the details of what others do latter. Prior art should apply on the actual filing dates of ideas to prevent this abuse.

     

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    Simple Mind (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 3:45pm

    Re: OMG! They issued another Patent!

    "Just bend over and take it. It's not that big. Good boy!"

    Your saying it isn't stupid doesn't make it not stupid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 3:53pm

    If anyone can find out where they really are, let's send them a pizza...WITH SAUSAGE!

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 3:58pm

    Re: Effective filing date

    Even taking the date as 1996, there's loads of prior art. And even if there wasn't, this is clearly a case of "obvious to the average practitioner in the field".

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 4:04pm

    Re: OMG! They issued another Patent!

    Because the patent is ludicrous on its face. This was an obvious thing to do, and it was being done well before 1996. It doesn't matter how small the license fee is -- why should anyone pay for this?

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 4:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Effective filing date

    Skimming a claim, waiving one's arms and saying words to the effect "How could this have happened?", and then declaring it yet another example of a "broken patent system" is not an "analysis" as that word is commonly understood.

    I'm still waiting for you to provide a counter analysis.

    Any patent so broad as to apply to all podcasting is too broad. End story.

    "Submarines" were associated with prior law where applications were kept in the strictest of confidence and an applicant was permitted to file an unlimited number of "continuation" applications. While this was the law the term of a patent was determined by the date a patent was issued. This has since been changed such that a patent term begins with the filing date of the first application, and not the date of issue. Moreover, a division is a type of application where the first filed application was determined to contain claims to more than one invention. A restriction requirement is imposed limiting the application to claiming just one of the inventions. In order for the other invention(s) to be examined, the applicant must file a separate application, which application has an effective filing date corresponding to the date of the original application.

    No this is not directly a submarine, but it sure has the characteristics of one... being able to file a new patent that hits back at an earlier effective date.

    You can admit it: this patent is bullshit, being used to shakedown people doing something that thousands of others are doing *because it's obvious*.

    But that would force you to admit that the system is totally broken, and you can't do that since you make your money abusing the system.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Feb 7th, 2013 @ 4:58pm

    Re: OMG! They issued another Patent!

    Seriously, there are a lot of stupid patents.

    Yes.

    This one is not one of those.

    Yes, actually. It is.

    Very extensive write-up, dates back to 1996.

    Doesn't change the simple fact that this is a bad patent.

    Just pay a small license and pod cast till you are blue in the face. Why the butthurt?

    Spoken like a true extortionist.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:07pm

    Like an episodic radio play... BUT ON THE INTERNET!!!

    gotta love those patents... (well not really)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 7th, 2013 @ 7:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Effective filing date

    1. No analysis having been given, there is nothing to counter.

    2. Novelty and non-obviousness are determined as of the date an application is filed, which in this case was 1996. Given your declarative statement as to the patent, then one must presume you were sufficiently familiar with the technology back then (about the time you were in college) that you would have been one of ordinary skill in the art to which the invention relates. If you were not one of ordinary skill in the art back in 1996, then perhaps you are relying upon the opinion of someone who was. Perhaps a clarification of whose opinion is being stated is in order.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 8th, 2013 @ 1:30am

    Re: Sue Apple

    They already sued Apple over playlists in iTunes and won. I suspect they don't want to push their luck too far this time when they can simply extort thousands of amateurs with no court battle.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Feb 8th, 2013 @ 1:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Effective filing date

    Novelty and non-obviousness are determined as of the date an application is filed, which in this case was 1996. Given your declarative statement as to the patent, then one must presume you were sufficiently familiar with the technology back then (about the time you were in college) that you would have been one of ordinary skill in the art to which the invention relates. If you were not one of ordinary skill in the art back in 1996, then perhaps you are relying upon the opinion of someone who was. Perhaps a clarification of whose opinion is being stated is in order.

    Do you have any clue how Usenet worked?

    Go look it up, then come back and admit that you're wrong. This is a bad patent. It's a ridiculously bad patent.

    Furthermore, I like how you totally ignore the fact that by filing this patent in 2009, but reaching back to an effective date in 1996 they are doing EXACTLY what submarine patents did. You just love to abuse the system, don't you?

    Shameful.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 8th, 2013 @ 1:33am

    Re: OMG! They issued another Patent!

    "Just pay a small license and pod cast till you are blue in the face"

    Yes, just continue to do something you did perfectly legally for years and pay up, and you can continue. I wonder how "small" the licence is - is it enough for the mostly amateur, unpaid podcasting community to really afford or is it one "small" for professionals?

    Do you not see the problem with this? I wish I could get a patent on making moronic comments on websites, I'd make a fortune...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2013 @ 1:48am

    Re: OMG! They issued another Patent!

    Just pay a small license and pod cast till you are blue in the face.

    Giving in to extortion ends up with having to thousands of small fees, and going broke.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2013 @ 7:40am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Effective filing date

    The first application filed in 1996 issued in 2001 and will expire about 2016. The patent involved here will likewise expire in 2016 since it is a "child" of the original "parent" application and merely a divisional application.

    It is useful to note that divisional applications must rely upon the "parent" application in its entirety as support for the claims being presented. Otherwise, it would likely be denominated a continuation-in-part that is not entitled to the original filing date of the "parent" application. IOW, this second divisional is part and parcel the same application as the "parent", differing only in that the set of claims were required to be presented in a divisional application pursuant to a restriction requirement imposed by the original examiner.

    Anyone reading the file wrapper of the original application would immediately realize that divisional applications would likely follow, and the subject matter to which those later applications would be directed. To call this then a submarine is not altogether accurate since the file wrapper has been available for review since at least as early as 2001.

    Since you seem to believe that USENET anticipates all of these patents, then perhaps you might consider drafting a claims chart pointing out how the USENET incorporates each and every one of the items and their limitations specified in each of the patents. Such a chart would comprise an "analysis" and lend credence to your unsubstantiated opinion. After all, this is what the EFF and other organization do in order to advance their opinions that other materials comprise relevant prior art and why this is so.

    If you opine that something is a "bad" patent, then the burden rests with you to demonstrate as much with objective evidence, as opposed to "arm waving" and righteous indignation. Anything less and you are merely promoting an unsubstantiated opinion as fact.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Feb 8th, 2013 @ 8:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Effective filing date

    You, on the other hand, seem to so engrossed in the details that you're missing the wider point. Let me clarify:

    Patents are supposedly meant as a defence so that companies and inventors are protected in the period between invention and monetisation. It's to stop people simply coming in and robbing the market from the person who originally invented or innovated before that can reap the benefits of their work.

    Here, we see the exact opposite. Everything seen in the patent is obvious and has been reached with individual incremental steps obvious to those who made them. Nothing has been done by Personal Audio to invent or create products in the marketplace using these patented techniques. But others have, using techniques that are either blindingly obvious or independently invented.

    Whether the patent was original filed in 1996 or 2009, whether the patent is covered directly by usenet or not, is ultimately irrelevant to the central point at hand. We have a clear cut case of someone waiting around while others - unaware of PA's existence or "inventions" - create a workable product that ultimately makes enough money for them to grab.

    That's the definition of patent trolling - and it needs to stop. Even if this was a model of the perfectly processed patent (and I remain unconvinced), that doesn't change the way it's being used nor the negative impact such a thing will have on a medium that's been happily growing for at least a decade. Just so a failed company can profit because they filed some paperwork while others were busy creating separate products that actually succeeded.

     

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    staff, Feb 8th, 2013 @ 9:15am

    more dissembling by Masnick

    Masnick and his monkeys have an unreported conflict of interest-
    https://www.insightcommunity.com/cases.php?n=10&pg=1

    They sell blog filler and "insights" to major corporations including MS, HP, IBM etc. who just happen to be some of the world’s most frequent patent suit defendants. Obviously, he has failed to report his conflicts as any reputable reporter would. But then Masnick and his monkeys are not reporters. They are hacks representing themselves as legitimate journalists receiving funding from huge corporate infringers. They cannot be trusted and have no credibility. All they know about patents is they don’t have any.

    http://truereform.piausa.org/default.html#pt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2013 @ 9:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Effective filing date

    Since you seem to believe that USENET anticipates all of these patents, then perhaps you might consider drafting a claims chart pointing out how the USENET incorporates each and every one of the items and their limitations specified in each of the patents.

    Crickets. Mike doesn't do analysis. Mike doesn't do details. Mike doesn't delve into nuance. You're barking up the wrong tree.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2013 @ 10:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Effective filing date

    "Patents are supposedly meant as a defence so that companies and inventors are protected in the period between invention and monetisation."

    Not quite correct, but I will not quibble. Since no one knows what has transpired since the inventions were created back in 1996, it is a leap of faith that the inventors simply sat on them and did nothing to move their work forward. Maybe they did sit on them, but then again maybe they did not. A factual record of what they did or did not do is entirely missing, so the only honest answer is that no one knows.

    "Everything seen in the patent is obvious..."

    And you know this because? This is an opinion, which to carry any weight must have some factual basis.

    "Missing the wider point"?

    Hardly. The wider point is that articles like this one are agenda driven in view of the absence of any factual details. If this site wants to provide informed opinions carrying persuasive force, it needs to first flesh out the relevant facts. I can be persuaded by well-presented arguments, but arm waiving and leaps of faith doesn't cut it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2013 @ 10:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Effective filing date

    One can always hope, no matter how remote the chances, that at some point in time an article of the type involving the subject matter here (a patent) is based upon fact and not supposition.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2013 @ 11:54am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Effective filing date

    Hardly. The wider point is that articles like this one are agenda driven in view of the absence of any factual details. If this site wants to provide informed opinions carrying persuasive force, it needs to first flesh out the relevant facts. I can be persuaded by well-presented arguments, but arm waiving and leaps of faith doesn't cut it.

    Mike does want to persuade. That's all he wants to do. But given his limited grasp of the issues, not to mention his limited sense of morality, he's only able to persuade the nonthinkers. In other words, smart people like you are not his target audience. He's looking for those who buy "break the internet!" type arguments at face value.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2013 @ 11:56am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Effective filing date

    One can always hope, no matter how remote the chances, that at some point in time an article of the type involving the subject matter here (a patent) is based upon fact and not supposition.

    Ironically, while Mike whines about everyone else having faith-based opinions, he's actually quite guilty of that as well. Perhaps more so than most. That's why he runs away when he's called out for his nonsense. He doesn't take criticism well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 10th, 2013 @ 7:16am

    It is disappointing, but all too predictable, that the author of this article has the proclivity to launch error-filled "bombs", post insulting comments when such errors are noted in responses to the article, and then cease all further discussion when his later comments are once again challenged as containing errors of fact and/or law.

    Apparently, respectful traversals of his arguments are not well-received, and perhaps even considered to comprise personal affronts, thus resulting in his withdrawal from any further comments attempting to substantiate his claims.

     

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    Vincent, Feb 25th, 2013 @ 10:26pm

    Extortion

    What they are doing is blackmail or extortion. They should be prosecuted for it.

     

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    Thepodcastcast, Mar 5th, 2013 @ 11:03pm

    Marc Maron

    We interviewed Marc Maron about this issue. http://itun.es/i6JG3vg

     

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    Lawrence Kenski, Mar 20th, 2013 @ 2:24pm

    Fight the power

    I am definitely adding this to my list of first world complaining.

     

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    Bill Logius, Jul 29th, 2013 @ 7:51am

    Re: Re:

    Not a problem. See prior art at patents.stackexchange:
    http://patents.stackexchange.com/questions/3884

    Multiple sites were up and running and offering podcasting in its exact modern form well prior to the patent filing date.

    This patent is dead, the patent holder knows it, and right now is probably trying to figure out how to back out without incurring losses.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2014 @ 2:23pm

    Re: more dissembling by Masnick

    Is that an attempt at passing a Turing test?

     

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    MySoul, Jan 27th, 2014 @ 4:00am

    Re: Correction

    Fuck you. People like you should get donkey raped. Or do you prefer violated? You fat, ugly pos human waste of time?

     

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    GAC, Mar 13th, 2014 @ 9:02pm

    Re: OMG! They issued another Patent!

    My podcast makes $0. It's not likely to make any significant money either, since it's on an extraordinarily niche subject -- one of the beauties of the medium is that people can make amateur content about subjects they care about for almost no money. Many podcasts out there make $0, and that's just fine.

    A couple of issues I understand (not a lawyer) about the patent:
    - My understanding is that the original patent was for recording magazines on tape and sending them to customers. The updated version looks like an attempt to rewrite the patent to cover modern technology.

    - It's obvious: given a global network of computers, anyone who couldn't imagine that said global network could be used for disseminating media is either completely out of the loop or an idiot.

     

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    Richard Wilcox, Mar 19th, 2014 @ 4:56pm

    Podcast Interent Copyrights

    I own the patent for displaying alphabetic and numbered symbols on an LCD and/or CRT screen medium. I am going to sue you all!

     

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    Fred M (profile), Mar 28th, 2014 @ 5:08am

    Please correct me if I am wrong

    If I read the patent information correctly, which I briefly looked at before my head started to spin LOL. It states it is media disseminated by digital media stored for people to download in an episodic manner. I think that was made clear before. However, it did mention the ability of volume control and blah blah blah.

    My question is this. Beyond the scope of pod casting what about media say like Netflix and Hulu that store digital media in an episodic manner where people can download and/or stream? Because it does state in the patent that it can be either audio or visual media. I mean if they wanna get technical when you stream something it is being downloaded in portion to your system. So... the question has to be asked, if I am correct, why aren't they going after the owners of the companies that do this on Netflix and Hulu or on their own personal websites. After all most major TV broadcasters post episodes (in an episodic manner) on their web pages for people to download and view.

    I think the bigger question is, are they saying because it is a "pay for play" subscription it infringes on the patent? If so, take away the pay for play and ask for donations or something. Heck I dunno. I am working on two pod casts and have done one in the past, this is surely making me wonder.

     

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    Fred M (profile), Mar 28th, 2014 @ 5:15am

    Patenting gon wild

    I remember one judge stating that patenting can be silly. It would be like patenting a swing that Tiger Woods' uses and saying he violates that patent. Silly.

    Most pod casts are done by people like me that don't have resources and means to get high paid lawyers involved in every step of the process.

    I just do it for fun. Hey if I make a buck all the better. Yet that isn't my first motivator. So when do I get a suit filed against me?

    Really sad, when all your media has to be filtered through everyone with more money. Money makes the world go round, and if you ain't got it you're screwed.

     

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    johnnyvento, Apr 17th, 2014 @ 8:49pm

    Re: I'm still unclear

    35 USC 271 clearly states that infringement occurs if you "make, use, sell, offer for sale, or import" a patented invention.

    So even making something on your own and using it is infringement.

    Read more here

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/35/271

     

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    mac, Apr 23rd, 2014 @ 5:02pm

    go ask Apple Records how their patents from back in the 60s before Steve Jobs was even born, is doing now that Job's Apple is running the music industry after eventually getting judge after judge to go their way during all the various attempts by Apple Records who had clear cut basic english verbage showing they had the full rights to use that name within the Music industry as a whole, even so far as an agreement with Steve Job's Apple at one point who said they would never get into the music industry sometime in the 80s or early 90s before the final court case which resulted in the Itunes monopoly we now know

     

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