aaaand Honedge is real.
Ladies and gentlemen, your first IRL Pokemon.
You know how you don’t pay attention to some threats until they directly target you? Yeah, we got one like that. Listen up, because if you’re a podcast fan, this involves you. And before you go the tl;dr route, just think about a world without your favorite podcasts.
Are you a Welcome to Night Vale fan? How about Thrilling Adventure Hour? Nerdist? AfterBuzz TV? Hell, do you listen to podcasts at all?
Then this is your fight.
According to the article, here’s what’s going down:
The short version is that someone is asserting a patent that claims to control the mechanism by which you subscribe to podcasts. And by “asserting,” I mean that they’ve fired a warning shot at the entire podcasting community by suing Adam Carolla. The way that patent suits work is that a) they tend to file in the plaintiff-friendly Eastern District of Texas, where these companies set up “offices”; b) they sue one major player in an industry and try to extract a large settlement from them, because defending these things is very, very expensive; and c) they then use that precedent to go sue others in the business and get similar paydays. It’s a means by which one can make a lot of money without having to actually produce anything (in fact, many of the trolls just buy idle patents for the express purpose of suing big companies). And if they succeed, it can run into millions of dollars, millions that the defendants don’t have.
But it’s one thing — not necessarily a better thing, just one thing — when the suits target big companies. Podcasting is not a big-bucks business, and the pockets are not deep at all. That’s why it’s kind of perplexing that Adam got sued, and that the podcasting industry, such as it is, is being targeted. Nobody’s getting rich on podcasting at this stage; it’s still early, and many if not most podcasts are more hobby than revenue generator. And if these suits succeed, they could choke off the industry before it is an industry. The good thing is that these patents aren’t likely to win in court if the case goes to trial. The bad thing is, to defend against these claims is going to cost a bundle. Like, a million and a half, easy. Which is why they sue, and why many of the cases never get to the trial stage.
If you want to keep your favorite podcasts around, now’s your chance. Click the link. Donate to the cause. If you can’t donate, reblog the post, retweet the link, do whatever you can to spread the word. If we’re going to shoot this down, we need to do it here and now.
We may not all be citizens of Night Vale, or Adventurekateers, or AfterBuzzers, but we’re all podcast fans, and we need to stop this before it picks up momentum.
EDIT: For those whose browsers don’t like Nerdist.com, here’s the direct link to the fundraiser page.
GUYS IF WE DONT ACT THERE WILL BE NO RT PODCAST, NO WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE, NO THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR, AND NO NERDIST PODCAST.
An old tree stump with grass growing over it, Faroe Islands
are you stupid thats a unicorn
oh what I have to draw this
I love this unicorn
Illustrations from the book Nordic Creatures / Nordiska väsen by Johan Egerkrans. From top these creatures are called Askefroa, Källrå and Näcken.
Ve~ Ve~ Being a Pasta lover wouldn’t be all that bad
Kill La Kill…….
i’M RYUKO MATOI, FRICK—
MATOI RYUKO HERE !
Where’s my way?
ryuko motherfucking ma… wait. I’M TETSUYA KUROKO FUCK YEAH BASKETBALL
also, satsuki is a main character too
Honto no Kanojo
…Am I the S or M in this?
i’m on the scouting legion
MY DRILL IS THE DRILL THAT WILL PIERCE THE HEAVENS!
JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM????????
"I will make you jump again, Sano!"
" GODDAMNIT PRISCILLA PLEASE FUCKING DIE "
Noragami, I’m Yato :D
I’m Tai from Digimon…. SWEET
But I don’t wanna be Yusuke I wanna be Kurama :C
I’d be Asuta from World Conquest Zvezda Plot and that’s just lolarious on so many levels
I’m Cecil Sudo from Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil. Which means I’m a 17 year old candian-japanese single female magical girl laywer?
Shit! I dont know if I’m iason or riki.
… I’ve been compared to Haruhi often enough. I want my own Host Club, though!
OH MY GAWD, I’M A TITAN! D=
So does that make me Keichi, or Belldandy? Either works for me.
Let me tell you a story. Once at a party, I had all the little girls sitting around me and I was asking them about their favorite parts of all the princess movies. The birthday girl was sitting next to me, and tells me, “Princess, your skin is the same color as…
Why would you do this to me?
I could waste hours and days away looking at patterns on Ravelry…
lookit that precious face omg
BUT HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A HARBOR SEAL BECAUSE LOOK
THEYRE SO PRECIOUS
It’s okay, human. I’m right here.
Joan Rivers on the Ed Sullivan Show, 1967 (x)
HOW IN THE WORLD DID SHE TALK LIKE THIS BACK THEN AND END UP HOSTING A SHOW TEARING APART WHAT PEOPLE LOOK FOR A FRIGGING LIVING????
SHOCKED when I got to the bottom and saw “Joan Rivers”
You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.