John Paczkowski

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Boo-hoo, boo, hoo-hooooo

We are now five months into 2007 and, needless to say, it’s been a very challenging year.”

–Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron

Looks like Vonage may have found itself a new paddle with which to navigate a certain creek it’s been traveling up lately. During a dismal quarterly earnings call yesterday, Vonage chief executive Jeffrey Citron said the Internet telephone company has developed technical workarounds for two of the three Verizon patents it’s been found to infringe. “We believe we have workable designs for the two name-translation patents and intend to begin deploying the solution to our customers shortly,” said Citron. “In addition, we are continuing our development of the workaround for the wireless patent.”

Citron said the workarounds will be relatively inexpensive to implement and require minimal effort from customers. “We will begin rolling these workarounds out shortly, hopefully in the next few weeks, and we believe they will work,” he added. I imagine Citron crossed his fingers when he said that last bit, because if they don’t, and the infringement ruling stands, Vonage must pay Verizon more than $58 million in damages and 5.5% of future subscriptions from lines that use the disputed patents. That’s an ugly future for a company whose shares have lost about 80% of their value–even without increasing competition from cable companies.


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work