Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll: Even With A Strong Case And $500k In The Bank, It's Too Expensive To Fight

by Mike Masnick
Aug. 20, 2014

A few weeks ago, we noted that Personal Audio, the patent troll that ridiculously pretended to own a patent on "podcasting" had put out a press release saying that it had tried to settle with Adam Carolla, the podcasting giant that the Personal Audio had sued a while ago. But Carolla had refused to settle. If you haven't been following the case, Personal Audio claims that patent 8,112,504 covers podcasting and went after a few of the "big names" with lawsuits, while sending demand/threat letters to many others. Carolla fought back hard, getting a bunch of other top podcasters to speak up as well, and point people to a crowdfunding campaign for a podcasting legal defense fund.

We were at least somewhat happy that Carolla was still fighting, noting that by continuing the case and pushing the counterclaims, hopefully he could invalidate the patent in court. However, a few weeks have gone by and Carolla has settled the case. Given that Personal Audio had already said it offered to dismiss the case for no money, it's unlikely that Carolla paid anything here, and you can never really fault someone for settling a lawsuit, which is going to be costly and time consuming when there's an easy out.

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