Podcasts are safer after the EFF helps intestine a patent troll
Private Audio has been threatening the podcast world for some time — the longtime patent troll claims that it invented the idea of podcasting, and has insisted that some greater productions (similar to Adam Carolla’s) both cough up licensing cash or face lawsuits. You might not have to fret about your favourite collection going off the air sooner or later, although. US patent officers have nixed a number of the core claims of Private Audio’s “podcasting patent” after the Digital Frontier Basis identified podcast-like exhibits that have been operating earlier than the patent even existed. Some features of episodic on-line audio are simply too apparent to be patentable, in response to the discovering.
The transfer does not assure that Private Audio will cease misusing the patent sooner or later. Nevertheless, it does steal the thunder from the corporate’s authorized marketing campaign. The agency may have a far harder time chasing after podcasters going ahead, and there are a minimum of some victims (together with broadcasters like CBS) that may in all probability be upset that they misplaced or settled lawsuits over a patent that did not actually maintain up. Briefly, you should not have to fret that a hit like Serial will probably be knocked offline due to somebody’s greed.