It’s unclear at this point – nearly 9 years later.
… from 2006.
An article from last summer – Virginia Times – addressing legislative efforts around the country.
CEOs met with the House Judiciary Committee to discuss the ongoing plague of patent trolls. Overstock’s top lawyer called them “a tax on innocent operating companies” and many have found it easier and cheaper to pay them off rather than fight lengthy and expensive legal battles. The article also addressed ideas currently bouncing around Congress to stop this such as the Innovation Act which would require company’s to define the infringement in their complaint.
Twitter has not been responding well to Jay-Z’s relaunch of a music-streaming service (with a $20 monthly fee). Is this new service too artist-centric? It costs more than Netflix and does not provide the same 8 hour binge-distraction on Saturdays. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/business/media/jay-z-reveals-plans-for-tidal-a-streaming-music-service.html?_r=0
In class we discussed how Aereo received millions of dollars to develop its technology but was forced into bankruptcy from legal fees and its competitors were able to purchase the technology at incredibly low prices. Another perspective to the story is that the Aereo lawsuit also helped to establish and define the legal landscape for its competitors, which is also a significant advantage.
For example, streaming service competitor simple.tv. says: that it will satisfy the requirement under copyright law that the transmissions be private performances, because where the signal is captured makes all the difference and its product is “squarely in fair use.”