Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Adam Carolla's Company Sued Over Podcast Patent Dispute

A patent licensing company called Personal Audio LLC has issued lawsuits to Adam Carolla's ACE Broadcasting and HowStuffWorks.com, two of the biggest podcasting entities in the game, in a patent infringement case, 9to5Mac reports. The patent in question, which was issued last year, is for a "system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence," and the result of the lawsuit will certainly have a big impact on the booming podcast industry. Personal Audio has had success with these tech patent lawsuits in the past, winning $8 million from Apple in a 2011 case and entering licensing agreements with Sirius, Motorola, Samsung, Archos, Coby, RIM, and Amazon  after suing the companies for patents related to downloadable playlists. Here's hoping they don't go after your friend who has a crappy podcast next because having to pay all those legal fees will get in the way of his plans to buy a second microphone.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/per.buer Per Buer

    What a useless company. They are nothing but paracites. They have never invented anything and probably never will. Shame on them!

  • tjg

    Damm- should have gone into law instead of engineering

  • Artie

    I don't get it. I listen to Adam every day, and the "system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence" by which I do so is CLICKING ON A MOTHERF***ING HYPERLINK. How do you patent that?

  • jeremy

    I hope these trolls finally have gone to far, and people will finally do something about the patent laws in this country.

  • Al Swearengen

    Stupid patent trolls. Get a patent for some obvious thing from the idiots in the Patent Office, and attach your leech-mouth to the hind-end of people actually conducting business. We wouldn't need laws if the a**holes that run patent troll companies had a scintilla of shame.

    But they don't, so we've got a broken patent system.

  • fozz47

    They got a patent issued in 2012 and sued people who have been doing the same thing for 4 years?

  • fozz47

    They got a patent issued in 2012 and sued people who have been doing the same thing for 4 years?

  • mikemc2

    They should rename their company "Personal Audio Parasites LLC". Jesus, can't we just kill all the lawyers now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/luke.macinnis.3 Luke MacInnis



  • Software person

    The problem is the Patent System. It has been a problem for some time. The patent process needs to be completely redefined. Many patents should be nullified. They should start by reviewing all the holdings of the companies who are acting as patent trolls i.e. they are not producing an ideal only sueing persons who are trying to produce a product. This just has risen its head in the Podcast, but what would be nice is to win the podcast suites but continue to fight the patent trolls all the way back to the issuing of patents and and the suites because this is not just affecting Podcasters it affects persons who write software or any software product to squash creativity.

  • Software person

    The patent definitions go back to 1999, but many of the ideas expressed in the so called patent are not unique and should not be patentable as the patent expresses many tools that already existed. You can not patent an ideal that is already public knowlege or in use. ( or is that copy right) either way the patent process is f'g broken.