The patent troll of podcasting

Podcasting may seem like an easy way to hit the airwaves. But beware, successful podcasters may draw the ire of US patent troll who is cashing in on the new popular medium.

Can podcasting be patented? If you are an instigator of what’s being referred to as the SHIELD Act – introduced into US Congress last month – the answer would seem to be no. If you represent a US company called Personal Audio, the answer would seem to be yes. So who is right, and more likely to win out?

That question piques my interest both personally and professionally. Later this year I hope to start podcasting. I’ve bought a microphone, registered at the Apple Store, and am now limbering up the vocal chords before taking the plunge.

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