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August 23, 2014

Comedian/Podcaster Adam Carolla to Talk Patent ‘Trolls’

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Carolla delivers the keynote address at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas in March. (David Becker/Getty Images)

The Internet Association has been pushing for legislation on patent “trolls,” but a bill hasn’t moved in the Senate, so they’re bringing in a comedian: Adam Carolla. They want to show what’s going on outside of Washington and how user communities are getting involved, said Nika Nour, the group’s digital director.

Carolla, who has a popular podcast, is being sued by Personal Audio for patent infringement. He’ll be at an event in the Russell Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. today.

“I’m not sure why they came after us” but “they did,” Carolla said, who’s going to court.

And while Carolla says the lawsuit hasn’t affected his podcast, “I have to beg for money a little bit,” said Carolla in an interview with Technocrat.

He has a crowdfunding website to help pay the legal costs and according to the site, it’s raised roughly $394,000.

How much has he spent so far on legal costs?

It could be $100,000 and it could be $165,000 he said.

“There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to know” because it’s “depressing,” he said.

The cost of discovery is “insanely expensive,” Carolla said, who said he’s been told the total costs of litigation could be around $1.2 to $1.6 million.

Carolla says he doesn’t have strong feelings on what he wants to see in legislation but said: “Somebody basically found a loophole, it got out of control and now they’re running wild and someone’s” got to “reign them in.”

Carolla called for rules that would enable inventors to not be ripped off, as he called it, but also prevent companies from being “picked apart” by patent trolls.

USA Today has more from Personal Audio‘s James Logan from earlier this month, as does NPR’s Planet Money in a story last year about Logan and comedian Marc Maron’s podcast.

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