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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

    THIS IS THE COMPANY. TERRIBLE…

    http://personalaudio.net/contact-us/