Battling Patent Troll Is No Funny Business
Funny man Adam Carolla fights for podcasting rights
Celebrity podcaster Adam Carolla is in a legal battle that could affect the future of podcasting as we know it.
Carolla is known for his funny rants, but these days he’s facing a serious fight with a patent troll.
His company, Ace Broadcasting Network, LLC, was recently named in lawsuit and now Carolla finds himself entangled in a legal battle with a group he says is trying to shut down podcasters if they don’t pay up.
Citing patent 8,112,504 (System for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence), Personal Audio, LLC is accusing Carolla of infringement for what millions are doing today on an everyday basis–sharing podcast episodes with the public via a server.
The problem is that the patent is too broad and includes something so general that virtually anyone hosting and sharing a podcast would fall victim to patent infringement.
Carolla, on his part, is leveraging his fame and taking on Personal Audio, LLC to fight for podcasters’ rights to continue distributing content.
Personal Audio, LLC did not respond when contacted by email for comments.
Rich was recently a guest on the Adam Carolla Show podcast to talk about the issue.
Listen to the episode here.
To learn more about Carolla’s fight and the legal defends fund he set up, go here.