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Podcast Patent Update: EFF & The SHIELD Act
If you have not yet listened to Episode 292 of Podcast Answer Man where I introduced the Podcasting Patent Lawsuit, you may want to consider listening to that episode first.

Now, several podcasters have received letters from Personal Audio, LLC with a request to contact them to discuss licensing fees.

Now the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), wants to help! They are calling all podcasters to to contact them if they receive any such letter from Personal Audio, LLC. If you have such an letter, contact EFF by email: [email protected]

Talking Points From EFF

  • President Obama recently said that patent trolls are those who “do not produce anything themselves” and are “trying to leverage and hijack someone else's idea and see if they can extort some money out of them.”
  • It's not just podcasters who have been targeted. App developers have been on the hook for using “click to upgrade” functions. Companies who use “Scan To Email” tehnology have been targeted, and so have cafes and public spaces that offer free access to wifi.
  • In 2011, patent trolls directly cost companies at least $29 billion. The damage to the economy as a whole has been estimated at close to $100 billion/year.
  • The majority of companies targeted by patent trolls have less than $10 million in annual revenue.
  • Of the most frequently litigated patents (those actually asserted in eight or more lawsuits) trolls win only 9.2% of the time.

The SHIELD ACT
Two members of Congress, Rep. Peter DeFazio, (D-Ore) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, (R-Utah), just introduced legislation that would make life harder for these patent trolls. The bill is called the SHIELD Act.

Under the SHEILD Act, if the patent troll loses in court (because the patent is found to be invalid or there is no infringement), then it must pay the other side's costs and legal fees. Those who will likely reach into the millions.

The thought is that the threat of paying those fees will have a real chilling effect on the troll business model. With this Act, those facing troll lawsuits have little incentive to fight back: they can chose to spend millions of dollars and years of their lives battling in court and, if they win, can achieve little more than the knowledge that they did the right thing. But, under SHIELD Act, they can at least hope to recover their costs.

Such a law could cause companies like Personal Audio, LLC to back off on their attack on podcasters. Please show your support for the SHIELD Act. Go to http://eff.org/shield to contact your representative and tell them to make the SHIELD Act law. Please ask your community to call their representatives as well.

 
 
Personal Plug of the Week
This week's personal plug of the week is the Your WoW Money Podcast from Joe Brumbaugh. In this epsiode, I actually go through a deal of discussion of how Jim is taking his production to the next level. If you check out his podcast and like it, please tell him that you heard about him from the Podcast Answer Man!

SpeakPipe Releases iPhone & iPad App
I'm very excited about the new iOS SpeakPipe application that was just released. Now your customers can send you voice messages via SpeakPipe using an iPhone or iPad directly from your website or voicemail page.

The app allows your community to send voicemails using your SpeakPipe pagename or email address without any phone calls or visiting a webpage. The app also allows you to access your SpeakPipe inbox, listen and reply to messages.

Download the SpeakPipe app from the AppStore. Here are the links for the iPhone & the iPad.

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ScreenFlow Tutorial is Now Available
I originally created The ScreenFlow Basics tutorial as a Podcast Mastermind Success Seminar in response to members who asked if I could demonstrate how I use ScreenFlow to create the digital tutorials and other various videos that I have made available.

I have decided to also make this tutorial available, for purchase, for those who are not Podcast Mastermind members, as this has been one of the top requested training products from my Podcasting A to Z students over the past few years.

This cost of the tutorial is $39 and it contains a total of 99 minutes of me showing some of the basic editing techniques that I use with ScreenFlow and it also includes many tips about resources that can help you take your videos to the “Next Level.”

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Blue Host Affiliate Signup
BlueHostI want to send out a special word of thanks to the folks behind the following domains that were used to create a new hosting account with BlueHost with my Blue Host affiliate link recently. As you know, I earn a commission each time someone clicks through my link to sign up with Blue Host. So thank you!

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Note: The fact that I have linked to these accounts is only to acknowledge that these folks have used my affiliate link to create a hosting account with BlueHost. These links are not an endorsement of any content that may be posted to these sites. If you ever recognize content blatantly offensive at any of these links, please let me know and I will be sure to evaluate and consider if the link should be removed from this post. These accounts are all brand new and may not be active yet. Also, it is possible that some of these domains were previously owned and may not have been transferred to BlueHost just yet.

The Podcast Mastermind
One of the reasons that I love working with podcasters so much is due to the fact that they are influencing someone every single time they produce a podcast episode. The world needs great leaders! I believe that podcasters who take their leadership position seriously can make a positive difference in the lives of others. The world needs you and your message! They need you to be a leader!

Many people ask me how to grow the audience of their podcast. I believe that one of the best things you can do is to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! To take yourself seriously! To consider yourself to be a professional!

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Free Month of Media Hosting With Libsyn!
Because of all the years of sending clients to sign up for accounts with Libsyn, they have created an affilate program only given to a hand selected group of podcasting experts. I'm delighted that I am now able to offer your ONE MONTH FREE when you sign up for a new account with Libsyn. Simply use promo code GSPN when you sign up! For my complete thoughts on podcast hosting, click here.

Podcast Video Tutorials:
I have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based up on the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here.

I Appreciate Your iTunes Reviews!
If you have ever read my blog post about how iTunes podcast ratings work, then you know just how valuable leaving a 5 star rating and/or a written review can be to a content producer.

I am so incredibly thankful to those who have recently gone into my listing in iTunes to provide a five star rating and a written review of Podcast Answer Man.

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