San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed a formal challenge to the so-called "podcasting patent" used by a patent troll to shake down podcasters big and small for licensing fees.
The best way to keep communication strong and more honest and relevant is hold it in the hands of more small diversified groups, small cities and communities and individuals rather than having a few own and control all the messages. The same is true of our food, local business ownerships and most likely our education as well. Patents allowed on life such as cancer cells, seeds, plants, animals and human parts are very new and should be thrown out all together many think.
Some patent and copyright laws do need to be challenged or at least redesigned. Knowledge and creative ideas have always been built on the ideas of others and then shaped anew or completely differently into something else. NO one wants their ideas or those of other talented people to be stolen or to go unrewarded but we also need to not have patents and copyright nearly cut off access with stifling techniques either.
If you come up with an idea and someone else sees it and patents that first when they did not create the original that seems far more wrong but I believe it is legal. How long should there be a patent troll on every bridge once something is patented and how much should the troll be allowed to collect for other to pass and use the patented idea.
This may be the time to rethink how we reward all interested parties. Another issue that has been brought up is the masses people of the world are building the data of the internet with massive amounts of everyone's time. Only a groups of individual or industries are getting filthy rich using all the collected data...but that is a different issue for another day we need to also start thinking about.