Mother Jones on IPR [5:29 pm]
FOR INCLUDING a 60-second piece of silence on their album, the Planets were threatened with a lawsuit by the estate of composer John Cage, which said theyâ€™d ripped off his silent work 4â€™33â€. The Planets countered that the estate failed to specify which 60 of the 273 seconds in Cageâ€™s piece had been pilfered.
[...] AFTER INTEL was sued for libel for calling someone a â€œpatent extortionist,â€ one of its lawyers coined the term â€œpatent troll.â€
[...] MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.â€™s estate charges academic authors $50 for each sentence of the â€œI Have a Dreamâ€ speech that they reprint.