Rise of the Patent Troll
Kirby Ferguson, the filmmaker behind the excellent "Everything is a Remix" video series, produced and directed this new short explaining the US patent system and the rise of patent trolling companies that target small businesses and individuals in costly litigation. It's an important PSA about a topic most people don't think about, even though patent trolling threatens the growth of our economy and stifles innovation. Adam Carolla's podcast show is currently being sued for allegedly infringing on a patent for a "system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence"--essentially podcasting. Carolla has a legal defense campaign set up to fight this lawsuit, and you can find out more about how to encourage government to reform the patent system here.