Wiiiiiishing I had better color sense.
You know how you don’t pay attention to some threats until they directly target you? Yeah, we got one like that. Listen up, because if you’re a podcast fan, this involves you. And before you go the tl;dr route, just think about a world without your favorite podcasts.
Are you a Welcome to Night Vale fan? How about Thrilling Adventure Hour? Nerdist? AfterBuzz TV? Hell, do you listen to podcasts at all?
Then this is your fight.
According to the article, here’s what’s going down:
The short version is that someone is asserting a patent that claims to control the mechanism by which you subscribe to podcasts. And by “asserting,” I mean that they’ve fired a warning shot at the entire podcasting community by suing Adam Carolla. The way that patent suits work is that a) they tend to file in the plaintiff-friendly Eastern District of Texas, where these companies set up “offices”; b) they sue one major player in an industry and try to extract a large settlement from them, because defending these things is very, very expensive; and c) they then use that precedent to go sue others in the business and get similar paydays. It’s a means by which one can make a lot of money without having to actually produce anything (in fact, many of the trolls just buy idle patents for the express purpose of suing big companies). And if they succeed, it can run into millions of dollars, millions that the defendants don’t have.
But it’s one thing — not necessarily a better thing, just one thing — when the suits target big companies. Podcasting is not a big-bucks business, and the pockets are not deep at all. That’s why it’s kind of perplexing that Adam got sued, and that the podcasting industry, such as it is, is being targeted. Nobody’s getting rich on podcasting at this stage; it’s still early, and many if not most podcasts are more hobby than revenue generator. And if these suits succeed, they could choke off the industry before it is an industry. The good thing is that these patents aren’t likely to win in court if the case goes to trial. The bad thing is, to defend against these claims is going to cost a bundle. Like, a million and a half, easy. Which is why they sue, and why many of the cases never get to the trial stage.
If you want to keep your favorite podcasts around, now’s your chance. Click the link. Donate to the cause. If you can’t donate, reblog the post, retweet the link, do whatever you can to spread the word. If we’re going to shoot this down, we need to do it here and now.
We may not all be citizens of Night Vale, or Adventurekateers, or AfterBuzzers, but we’re all podcast fans, and we need to stop this before it picks up momentum.
EDIT: For those whose browsers don’t like Nerdist.com, here’s the direct link to the fundraiser page.
TRIGGER WARNING: BLOOD, GORE.
Stabby weapons in people’s bodies = blood. Also, image of stabby weapons inside a person’s body.
In other news, I am SUPER SUPER EXCITED about how this page looks. I’m pretty proud of it, although it is a little… intense? Over-the-top? IDK.
me everytime a character in a movie has to get a few drops of their blood for some ritual bullshit (via jtoday)
WHILE WE’RE AT IT, why do people try to cross those skinny bridges over lava/chasms/whatever by walking upright. IT’S CALLED CENTER OF GRAVITY. get on your hands and knees and crawl across that thing. HUG IT. SCOOT YOUR BUTT ACROSS. “but i look stupid!” lalalala but we’ll avoid that ~dramatic moment~ where you almost fall over and die because your damn fucking self wanted to look COOL
and stop yanking IV lines out of your arms the minute you wake up in the hospital
That is a broadsword, why are you fencing with it
if every one of my followers did this, we could give more than 85 meals to less-fortunate animals. for free.
AH HHA ITS BACK YES PLEASE IT TAKES A SECOND OF YOUR TIME AND A LIFE OF AN ANIMAL
everyone do this, it takes literally 1 second of your day
Once again feeling emotional about my lack of a cultural identity.
This arm ring binds you in loyalty to me, your lord. Your chieftain. Any oath that you swear on this ring must be honored and kept.
reblogging not because vikings, but because I am 100% convinced that this is the sort of friendship bracelet provided to the other knights by Bedivere in our current game…
OH. MY. GOD.
I want to read
OH GOODNESS NO!
I cant read! BALL OF SHAME ACTIVATE!
i dont go on skype anymore. chat with me by screaming as loud as you can into the night sky. i will be listening
This is the first (and as far as I know, ONLY) movie I’ve ever seen where, when you want to scream at the character ‘DON’T DO THE THING’ there are other characters who say ‘DON’T DO THE THING.’