Meet the “inventor” of the week: Patent troll owns pre-release digital movies

Stream movies before they’re released? (Pretend Jackie Brown is the hot, new VOD option…)
Nathan Mattise

The lawsuit-happy companies often called “patent trolls” have made so many brash moves over crazy inventions in the past year. In 2013 alone, a troll won an appeals ruling upholding a patent on watching ads online; another sent out letters to thousands of small companies asking for fees for using networked scanners.

What’s a troll got to do to get some attention these days?

Here’s one company that nailed it this month: Red Pine Point LLC. The Nevada LLC patented the idea of downloading movies and watching them before they’ve been released in theaters.

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via Ars Technica


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