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TV maker Vizio may finally get paid after beating 17th patent troll

Electronic Frontier Foundation graphic created by EFF Senior Designer Hugh D'Andrade to illustrate EFF's work against patent trolls - CC-BY

Electronic Frontier Foundation graphic created by EFF Senior Designer Hugh D’Andrade to illustrate EFF’s work against patent trolls – CC-BY

Patent trolls are parasites. They contribute nothing, only hoping to skim the wealth of others. Now, at last, someone is fighting back.

On the verge of a fee award, after a “harassing and vexatious” lawsuit.

Lawsuits brought by “patent trolls,” companies that have no product but file barrages of patent lawsuits, have become commonplace across the tech sector. For the few companies that choose to fight these cases until the end, it’s an expensive endeavor, since defending a patent suit can cost anywhere from $1 million to several times that amount.

Television maker Vizio is one of the companies that fights back. It’s beaten no less than 16 “non-practicing entities,” and last week, the company released a statement showcasing its list of patent troll cases that ended in a key statistic: “$0 to plaintiff.” The list includes the usual bizarrely named shells, like “E-Contact Techs” and “Man Machine Interface,” as well as well-known patent holding companies like Walker Digital and Intellectual Ventures (whose patents were used by Pragmatus Telecom, one of the shells Vizio sent packing.)

Source: TV maker Vizio may finally get paid after beating 17th patent troll | Ars Technica

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Canadian Recording Industry: Works Entering the Public Domain Are Not in the Public Interest – Michael Geist

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Who put the spin in spin doctor?  Not Buffy, that’s for sure.  Michael Geist is right on the mark, as usual.

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On World Book and Copyright Day, it is worth noting how Graham Henderson, the President of Music Canada (formerly the Canadian Recording Industry Association) characterized the government’s decision to extend the term of copyright in sound recordings and performances:

“With each passing day, Canadian treasures like Universal Soldier by Buffy Sainte-Marie are lost to the public domain. This is not in the public interest.  It does not benefit the creator or their investors and it will have an adverse impact on the Canadian economy.”

This statement raises several issues. First, it should be noted that the song Universal Soldier by Buffy Sainte-Marie is not in the public domain nor will it be entering the public domain for decades. As the songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie still holds copyright in the song and will do so for her entire lifetime plus an additional 50 years.

Source: Canadian Recording Industry: Works Entering the Public Domain Are Not in the Public Interest – Michael Geist

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