From the wording in the article, I read as: the original patent holder sold the patent in exchange for royalties. They did not retain ownership of the patent to charge a license to use it to receive royalties. It is moot whether the patent expired since the terms of the contract were for a sale not a license.
In the 80's I played Dungeons and Dragons so I guess that makes me a mass killer. 90's violent movies and games, now that is back again. I guess I have been killing people for the last 30 years. It will be sad when enough people start believing this bull and put some bad laws in place.
Read Konrath's blog. It is a very rare author that gets the publisher to do stuf for them. Even if you are a decent author but not a bestseller you will get no extra support from the publisher. You have to do all the publicity on your own.
This just goes to show how encouraging a save me from myself society works. Oh I spilled hot coffee on myself, lets sue McDonalds for not telling me that the hot coffee was hot. Oh I shot myself in the foot lets sue Colt or WalMart for not telling me to not load then point it at my foot and pull the trigger.