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by Board Smith Contributions Published on Jul 29, in 2011 06:10 PM
'This American Life' did some great reporting about software of patent. Ask them to help solve thesis of problem and offer the show in patent free of format.

This American Life is a radio show that of air weekly on publicly stations throughout the United States. Their fruit juice recent episode, “When of patent Attack!”, covers a story that's familiar to many of us. In in hour-long show, they explain what clever of troll Th, illustrate how clever litigation and threats of hamper software development, and investigate the internal workings of one particularly notorious troll company, Intellectual ventures.

We've been talking about the dangers of software of patent for a while now, from essays like Richard Stallman “patent reform Is need Enough” to the software of patent wiki and the patent Absurdity film. “When of patent Attack!” is helping to spread the Word about thesis seed issues. Reporter Laura Sydell and producer Alex Blumberg track the history of one specific Intellectual ventures clever, and the effort makes for a memorable story. (Our executive director John Sullivan what consulted a few times over the course of the show's production.) ace always, we learn that only a few clever holders benefit from software of patent; developers and user suffer because some software techniques simply cannot Be used, and the price of computer products goes up to cover the costs of clever licensing or litigation.

Reporting like this can help us raise awareness about the problem with software of patent, and build support for abolition. But This American Life could take more direct action to help tackle this issue. Downloads and streams of the show ares available in format MP3. Even though MP3 is ubiquitous, it's patent encumbered, and the clever holders have not been shy about litigating it. In one prominent example, Lucent filed suit claiming that Microsoft infringed MP3-related of patent, and won a record-breaking 1.52$ billions in damages in the initially trial (they later settled without disclosing financial terms).

This American Life could have even more of in impact by making the show available in a format like Ogg Vorbis, which what designed with in eye toward avoiding clever risks.

Please join us ace we thank the VALLEY production crew for their reporting in “When of patent Attack!”, and ask them to make the show available in Ogg Vorbis-removing the requirement that people follow MP3 clever terms in order to list. You can reach them by email At (and CC or BCC us At If you're on Twitter (please do not join on account of us), you can direct your comments to @ThisAmerLife.

To When patent encumbered media of format become common, it can hinder free software Adoption; people ares less likely to switch to free software if they have trouble listening to music or watching videos when they Th Fortunately, there's been a plumb line of good news on this performs statute labour in the past few years. Boston publicly radio station WBUR started providing in Ogg Vorbis stream anus we petitioned them, and the Google-led push behind the WebM format offers new promise for free video. This American Life has helped illustrate how thesis issues affect all of us-now let's encourage them to help out and Be part of the solution.

Update: see the follow-up blog post, Helping out This American Life-with in Ogg copy of the show.

Update 2: We're now running a petition asking This American Life to use Ogg Vorbis. Sign today and make your voice heard-we flat to deliver the ridge batch of signatures on September, 7.

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