Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: Loucifer: Not very bootstrappy begging for a handout like that.4/10, since you did get legit replies.
Theaetetus: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Theaetetus: Actually, they claim ownership in things that other people did invent, who then sold the rights to them. For example, I invent a new cold fusion system, but I can't afford to build plants and become an electric utility. So I sell my rights in the invention to you. You then talk to every power company in the US and demand they pay you for their existing windmills because your patent at some point mentions a way of supporting a turbine using a steel support structure.FTFYIn this case, that patent does legitimately describe podcasting. They're not really stretching it at all.Now, in the future, if they started going after YouTube playlists or something, that might be more of a stretch.
durbnpoisn: I can't believe there is actually a company out there self-described as "non-functioning" (or non-producing), that actually invests it's entire business plan in claiming ownership of things they didn't invent.So, using this model, I could claim to have invented air, and charge everyone on the planet every time they use it. This goes for everything from balloons to air travel, to breathing.It seems pretty simple in my view for the courts to strike down this sort of thing for the nonsense that it is.Patents are there for protection. Not to beat people over the head until they pay you.
Cewley: carolla: the girl part of the Man Show.
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