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Fark Founder Drew Curtis Explains How Fark Beat a Patent Troll 59

Posted by timothy
from the righteous-chip-on-his-shoulder dept.
Velcroman1 links to this coverage of Drew Curtis's explanation of how his company, Fark, managed to beat a patent troll's lawsuit alleging infringement of a patent on distribution of news releases by email. From the article: "It boils down to one thing: don't negotiate with terrorists," Curtis said during a talk at the TED 2012 conference in Long Beach, Calif."
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Fark Founder Drew Curtis Explains How Fark Beat a Patent Troll

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  • by Mr. Shotgun (832121) on Thursday April 19, 2012 @12:11PM (#39734893)

    If Fox News' Derp-O-Sphere can label patent trolls as terrorists and inform the pitchfork and shotgun base.... that *might* actually be helpful.

    That would be nice as patent trolls care little for political affiliation and will happily shake down a republican as well as a democrat. But alas the comment section for this story on Foxnews is mostly filled with complaints about Fark, not the lesson from the story itself. People seem content to hate each other for their political leanings, and won't realize some issues transcend politics and need cooperation to root out.

  • Re:How about... (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 19, 2012 @12:24PM (#39735059)
    As do Fox news bashers who don't watch enough to actually know what the hell they're talking about; it's mostly groupthink, and to a great many liberals, a different viewpoint is construed as a lie. You assign solely to FN those attributes which other news channels suffer from.
  • by whitroth (9367) <whitroth.5-cent@us> on Thursday April 19, 2012 @02:40PM (#39736847) Homepage

    Has *anyone* ever fought back asserting that by Article 1, section 8(8) specifically says "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors", and since trolls is neither the author nor inventor, nor to they use the material of the patent to produce the product of the patent, their claim to the patent is invalid?

                    mark

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