Carl Malamud’s “Geek of the Week” Internet radio show, which dates to 1993, is one piece of “prior art” that EFF says should knock out the Personal Audio podcasting patent. EFF The patent-holding company that wants all podcasters to pay up is just looking for a fair shake.

The CEO and general counsel of Personal Audio LLC got on the phone with Ars Technica to explain why the company is asking for the identities of more than 1,300 donors who have chipped in to help the Electronic Frontier Foundation fight its podcasting patent.

The subpoena seeking donor identities and a wide array of other information connected to EFF’s fight against the patent was revealed by EFF in a Wednesday blog post. EFF has moved to quash the subpoena in court, saying that while some donors are very public about their support, they also have a First Amendment right to contribute anonymously.

The fundraiser in question was kicked off by EFF to pay for what’s called an “inter partes review” at the US Patent and Trademark Office. EFF sought to raise $30,000, but Personal Audio’s attempt to make patent demands against podcasters struck a nerve: to date, about $80,000 has been raised from more than 1,300 donors. 1     

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