Short story: you can help save the freedom of online content.
Long ? Via createdigitalmusic.com: “Patenting the use of all episodic media on the Web might sound absurd, but the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted just such a patent, to a company called VoloMedia. Its a significant issue, one that could threaten the freedom of all media distribution online. Wherever you are in the world, you can help.
Intellectual property law was created in order to protect genuine inventions and innovation from exploitation. But predatory patents, based on bogus claims and attempting to stake out broad rights, threaten to do just the opposite.
Heres a new idea: fight back. Lawyers are the heroes this time. The Electronic Frontier Foundations patent-busting project aims to take down unfair patents that threaten common-sense uses of technology. A number of these have applied to music and audio. The EFF has already won a big victory against what had been the worst offender media giant Clear Channel actually successfully patented recording live shows. (No, really recording a live gig, then burning them on the spot. The EFF was able to bust that patent.) The advocacy group also scored significant victories against patents on sending and receiving online streams and encoding media.“