Personal Audio LLC is a patent-holding company that became famous (or infamous, depending on one’s point of view) by claiming that it owns things like playlists and podcasts (or “episodic content,” in the words of one Personal Audio patent). Its wild claims led the Electronic Frontier Foundation to raise more than $76,000 from donors to fight the patent.
In October, EFF filed a petition for what’s called “inter partes review” in the patent office, seeking to overturn the patent.
Now, EFF has been subpoenaed by Personal Audio, asking for a ton of information about EFF’s work against the holding company’s claims—including a full list of donor names. Personal Audio is arguing it needs more information in connection with its lawsuit against podcasters like Adam Carolla and Discovery Channel’s HowStuffWorks. In that subpoena, it’s asking for all of EFF’s communication related to its fight against this patent: including the identities of the donors who contributed to the fundraising campaign.
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