The Electronic Frontier Foundation has decided to do something about what it calls “patent trolls” that are making life miserable for some podcasters.
The campaign is called Help Save Podcasting and it is soliciting donations and searching for “prior art” that would defang the lawsuit brought by a group of attorneys called Personal Audio LLC. The attorneys claim they own certain patents that govern podcasts and they want money for use of podcasting technology. They have filed lawsuits against some podcasters and now have moved against larger broadcasting corporations, CBS and NBC.
EFF says that it is also partnering with the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard to investigate legal avenues.