Are Podcasters Going to Get Sued? Personal Audio LLC Attacks Carolla, HowStuffWorks

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  • mcphillips

    I just read the patent and the complaint. The plaintiff alleges infringement of Claim 31. The lawsuit is going to be interesting (and expensive).

  • This is beyond ridiculous.

  • Jeff Hammer

    What does it mean they are more for segment podcasting?

  • Just make a YouTube channel and it’s no longer a podcast.

    • Yes, but the delivery method for podcasts is better than that of YouTube. Also, turning an audio podcast into a video for YouTube is annoying.

  • robertwade

    So, what legally qualifies as “segment” podcasting? I suspect the majority of podcasting these days is video and “episodic”. As I attempted to wade through the actual patent, it seemed like it pertained more to audio and specifically the system by which audio segments are stored, catalogued, converted to/from text, “synopsized” to allow for consumers to skip around to which segments they want, and then some sort of voice control. It would seem that, if the “spirit” of the patent (as the patent refers to it) were expanded we could see everything from iTunes & Windows Media Player to YouTube, Netflix & Hulu could get sued….to say nothing of us little independent non-revenue-generating podcasters out there.

  • ORR

    I have to agree, this is an abuse of the patent system. Didn’t old radio programs in the 40’s and 50’s have segments and serialized episodes? The logical extension is that TV has segments and serialized episodes. VCR’s have had a method of recording and presenting segments in a serialized fashion since the mid-70’s. The logical extension to a VCR is a DVR, and a DVR could record audio and or video the same way. What exactly is the invention they claim here? This patent should never have been issued. A total abuse of the patent system.