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A very brief note on the patent lawsuit, and then Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 1/9 - 1/15 
Posted by Drew at 2011-01-18 3:25:33 PM (182 comments) | Permalink

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Sup everybody, I don't have much to add to the Headline of the Week writeup this week. I've got my head down in this patent lawsuit thing that you probably already heard about. I'll have more for you on that soon, but in the meantime we're gearing up for a horrifically expensive legal fight.

We're hoping it won't go that way, but others who have been in similar situations have spent a lot of time (i.e. years) and a metric assload of money proving their innocence. I'll tell you more about it later.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2011-01-09 to Sat 2011-01-15:

www.fark.com  Smoking could disappear by 2050. Unlikely tag laughs and coughs up some brown phlegm    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Bank building badly damaged on 9/11 is finally scheduled to come down. Truthers to be watching carefully for signs of controlled demolition    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Lizzie Borden museum gets the ax    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  To battle contraband cellphones, state prisons may start jamming them, which, ironically, is how they usually come into a prisoner's possesion to begin with    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Scientists using ginger to attract endangered stags. Proving once and for all that she is hotter than Mary Ann    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Do not cure sides of beef by stringing them from your roof; the steaks are just too high    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Accountant's blood alcohol was more than five times the legal limit when he parked in the middle of the highway to sleep. Guess he couldn't handle his ten fortys    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Moose attacks skier and dog. Squirrel accomplice in custody, considered flight risk    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Proof the town just ain't what it used to be: Vegas showgirl found dismembered and encased in concrete turns out to have nothing to do with the mob, instead was whacked by one of the fruity French clown guys from Cirque du Soliel    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Massive quake hits South Pacific. Oklahoma OK    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Wikipedia is ten years old [celebration needed]    img.fark.net


Sports:

www.fark.com  Dead bird epidemic continues: 53 eagles found dead on a field in Philadelphia    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Favre to bail his sister out of jail. *UPDATE* Favre to let her sit in jail. *UPDATE 2* Favre to bail her out. *UPDATE* Maybe    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Cam Newton to take pay cut by declaring for the NFL draft    img.fark.net


Geek:

www.fark.com  How to make snow ice cream. Hmmmmm, this makes no mention of how to get it in a stunning yellow hue like my older brother used to make    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Nobel prize winning scientist claims to have proof that DNA can transport itself across short distances, although it reaches further if you have a quick rest between experiments    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  How PhDs talk: Reverse Dispersal Translocation obviates need for lethal option. Human translation: If we plant bushes the prairie dogs will stay away and we won't have to poison them    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

www.fark.com  Matt Damon vows to do his own Bourne movie. Look for Still Bourne some time in 2013    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  "Taylor Swift is the new Jennifer Aniston." Wow... that was unnecessarily harsh    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  The Trump gods are displeased by your lack of viewership of civilian Apprentice, and have cast their plagues upon you. YOU SHALL NOW SUFFER GARY BUSEY, MEAT LOAF AND A REAL HOUSEWIFE    img.fark.net


Politics:

www.fark.com  Manufacturers ask GOP Chair of the House Oversight Committee to eliminate regulation of toxic dumping, worker health, and air pollution. Chair asks if he can get them a cappucino while he's up    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Obama pleads for civility, deletion of Politics tab, in message of healing    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Openly gay man marries straight woman for art project. In subby's day, you just rubbed your genitals in paint, ejaculated on a canvas, and called it a day    img.fark.net


Music:

www.fark.com  Lady Gaga teams up with Polaroid. More on this story as it develops    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  What's-her-name doesn't want you to forget her    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Tom Waits says all proceeds from his poetry book will go towards eliminating the homeless problem. Probably because he's tired of people mistaking him for one of them    img.fark.net


Business:

www.fark.com  Best Buy is expanding their buy back program to buy back your old stuff but you have to buy into the buy back program when you first buy the stuff at Best Buy. Well.. bye    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  British banker's monocle falls out as he insists his $14 million bonus this year is an act of self-restraint    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Fiat's Turin plant workers approve new union contract, the details of which are shrouded in secrecy    img.fark.net
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2011-01-18 03:31:38 PM
what lawsuit?
 
2011-01-18 03:32:45 PM
Does it have to do with NSFW?
 
2011-01-18 03:34:02 PM
Whoever did this has declared war on half the bloody internet.
 
2011-01-18 03:34:26 PM
On the bright side, you know you've succeeded when people start suing you.
 
2011-01-18 03:35:01 PM

UncleStumpy: what lawsuit?


I worked long and hard to find this link, so you damn well better appreciate it:

Link (new window)
 
2011-01-18 03:35:11 PM
Come on...be honest. You're still hung over from the Time Bandit.
 
2011-01-18 03:35:16 PM
It's only a lawsuit. You'll get over it.
 
2011-01-18 03:35:32 PM
Patent Lawsuit (new window)
 
2011-01-18 03:36:32 PM

Ninja Wicked: Whoever did this has declared war on half the bloody internet.


They've taken trolling to an entirely different level.
 
2011-01-18 03:36:58 PM
Hopefully the mopes on TF have contributed enough to the war chest for Drew to fight this one off.
 
2011-01-18 03:37:18 PM
Kill em in court! We got your back!
 
2011-01-18 03:37:35 PM
Sounds really stupid, Drew. Good luck and smooth sailing.
 
2011-01-18 03:37:50 PM

MisterBill: Patent Lawsuit (new window)


I like the Weeners on that page: "If it takes Fark offline, it can't be all bad, can it?"
 
2011-01-18 03:38:00 PM
Well, you said years ago that is what you expected. Engage.
 
2011-01-18 03:38:04 PM

AmazinTim: Hopefully the mopes on TF have contributed enough to the war chest for Drew to fight this one off.


Between that and the Cue Moments(tm), he should have plenty of cash.
 
2011-01-18 03:38:33 PM

Ninja Wicked: Whoever did this has declared war on half the bloody internet.


Reddit, Digg, Fark, Slashdot & TechCrunch. That's basically all of the internet. At least all of the internet that matters.
 
2011-01-18 03:38:41 PM

AmazinTim: Hopefully the mopes on TF have contributed enough to the war chest for Drew to fight this one off.


I read an interview with Drew a while back and he mentioned that Fark has built up a fund over time to deal with the inevitable lawsuits, though this lawsuit sounds bigger than a typical one.
 
2011-01-18 03:39:04 PM

FARTNOISE FARTNOISE JUNIOR: I worked long and hard to find this link, so you damn well better appreciate it


Thank you.

I had no idea that this lawsuit even existed.

/Good luck, Drew.
 
2011-01-18 03:39:17 PM
"a second Delaware-based shell company, Vertigo Holding LLC, owns Gooseberry"

So who owns Vertigo and did they have friends in high places help them get the patent?
 
2011-01-18 03:39:28 PM
I can't believe this suit is happening, the plaintiff should be sued out of this world for infliction of emotional suffering, financial loss and pointless asshattery. Our patent system is FARKED.
 
2011-01-18 03:39:44 PM
They aren't suing Strongbad, too?
 
2011-01-18 03:40:16 PM

FARTNOISE FARTNOISE JUNIOR: UncleStumpy: what lawsuit?

I worked long and hard to find this link, so you damn well better appreciate it:

Link (new window)


thanks

the patent was submitted after fark was started, how long has reddit been around?
 
2011-01-18 03:40:48 PM
Yea Drew, if there's anything I could do to help you, I'd do it. Best of luck man.
 
2011-01-18 03:40:58 PM

AmazinTim: Hopefully the mopes on TF have contributed enough to the war chest for Drew to fight this one off.


I don't think Drew has a war chest.
 
2011-01-18 03:41:29 PM
Is there anyway to consolidate the lawsuits into one so fark shares the legal expenses and stuff with reddit, digg, et al?
 
2011-01-18 03:42:22 PM

nekom: Reddit, Digg, Fark, Slashdot & TechCrunch. That's basically all of the internet. At least all of the internet that matters.


At least they're leaving the LOLcats out of it.
 
2011-01-18 03:42:35 PM
Does this mean Fark will like or loathe attorneys more now?
 
2011-01-18 03:42:42 PM

Ninja Wicked: Whoever did this has declared war on half the bloody internet.


Seriously. News sites, link sites, banks. I assume they're just hoping someone pays them a bunch of money just to go away.
 
2011-01-18 03:42:44 PM
Why is it that anybody on the interwebs knows what patent trolling is but the patent office still after 10 years of trolling does not know.

Is it because they are a for profit and happy to get money for patents or is it really because the US patent office is managed by idiots?
 
2011-01-18 03:43:10 PM
This lawsuit is insane. They're basically suing EVERY successful website online today through dummy corporations.

The lawyers instigating it should be disbarred.
The patents should be voided then burned.
The patent holders should be tarred, feathered, and chased out of their homes by an angry mob.
 
2011-01-18 03:44:37 PM

I_C_Weener: Does this mean Fark will like or loathe attorneys more now?


Yes.
 
2011-01-18 03:45:19 PM
Can't you just have Maxim write a check and make this go away?
 
2011-01-18 03:45:41 PM

I_C_Weener: Does this mean Fark will like or loathe attorneys more now?


Is it even possible to loathe attorneys more than Fark already does?

If the (law)suit doesn't fit...you must acquit!
 
2011-01-18 03:46:07 PM

vudukungfu: They aren't suing Strongbad, too?


Drew could really use a guy like this to kick ass for him. Not sure if the squirrel's going to cut it.

eegah.files.wordpress.com
 
2011-01-18 03:46:12 PM

maq0r: Is there anyway to consolidate the lawsuits into one so fark shares the legal expenses and stuff with reddit, digg, et al?


My info is from the original thread on this, but I think there are some powerful companies being sued for the same thing (ex: AOL) and there was speculation that they'd be the ones pulling out the big guns.
 
2011-01-18 03:46:22 PM

Foxone: Why is it that anybody on the interwebs knows what patent trolling is but the patent office still after 10 years of trolling does not know.

Is it because they are a for profit and happy to get money for patents or is it really because the US patent office is managed by idiots?


I imagine the patent office is still a dusty warehouse full of elderly clerks working out of filing cabinets.

doglover: The patent holders should be tarred, feathered, and chased out of their homes by an angry mob.


You'd have to find them first. Dollars to donuts they're in Grand Cayman or someplace.
 
2011-01-18 03:46:40 PM

Foxone: Why is it that anybody on the interwebs knows what patent trolling is but the patent office still after 10 years of trolling does not know.

Is it because they are a for profit and happy to get money for patents or is it really because the US patent office is managed by idiots?


Don't blame the patent office, blame Congress. They've screwed up IP law terribly. See: the continual extensions of copyrights on the likes of Mickey Mouse.
 
2011-01-18 03:47:09 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: Ninja Wicked: Whoever did this has declared war on half the bloody internet.

Seriously. News sites, link sites, banks. I assume they're just hoping someone pays them a bunch of money just to go away.


Much better: Someone finds them and posts their identity into the web proper.

If /b/ can track down the little biatch in Europe who killed the puppies from just the one video clip I'm sure someone on one of these websites can find a publicly shame the original patent holder. We could also file lawsuits of our own against the person for "emotional damage" and stuff.

Jes sayin'.
 
2011-01-18 03:47:26 PM
Wait!

What is going to happen to the beer money?!
 
2011-01-18 03:47:43 PM
Hopefully, they'll go after the chans and that will be the end of them.
 
2011-01-18 03:47:59 PM

whidbey: vudukungfu: They aren't suing Strongbad, too?

Drew could really use a guy like this to kick ass for him. Not sure if the squirrel's going to cut it.


The squirrels balls, while large, may not be large enough.
 
2011-01-18 03:48:27 PM
Lawsuit?
 
2011-01-18 03:49:00 PM

whidbey: Drew could really use a guy like this to kick ass for him.


A has-been? Great..maybe they can sign up the Tron Guy for the fight as well.
 
2011-01-18 03:49:03 PM
I hope you guys destroy this worthless sh*t-stain of a person/corporation/minion of Satan.
 
2011-01-18 03:49:04 PM

Dr.Zom: Hopefully, they'll go after the chans and that will be the end of them.


I would hope this is close enough, and the chans will rally anyway.
 
2011-01-18 03:49:31 PM

FARTNOISE FARTNOISE JUNIOR: UncleStumpy: what lawsuit?

I worked long and hard to find this link, so you damn well better appreciate it:

Link (new window)


I appreciate the effort..now if only the lawsuit was something I could care about...

thanks for googling
 
2011-01-18 03:50:26 PM

Unfreakable: AmazinTim: Hopefully the mopes on TF have contributed enough to the war chest for Drew to fight this one off.

I don't think Drew has a war chest.


His breasts are all natural.
 
2011-01-18 03:50:57 PM
img.fark.net

www.gomonews.com

Get ready for Lawsuit II: Electric Boogaloo.
 
2011-01-18 03:51:44 PM

I_C_Weener: Unfreakable: AmazinTim: Hopefully the mopes on TF have contributed enough to the war chest for Drew to fight this one off.

I don't think Drew has a war chest.

His breasts are all natural.


BWA HA HA HA HA.
 
2011-01-18 03:51:57 PM

IXI Jim IXI: whidbey: Drew could really use a guy like this to kick ass for him.

A has-been? Great..maybe they can sign up the Tron Guy for the fight as well.


That's actually a great idear. We'll call it "Babylon Fark."
 
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