Event Photographers: Do you know Peter Wolf?

Started Mar 7, 2006 | Discussions thread
FightForRight New Member • Posts: 3
Re: Event Photographers - Peter Wolfe and Photo Crazy Strikes Again

As you probably know, I was the defendant in this ridiculous case. I'm proud to be the one responsible for overturning these weak patents that were used against so many photographers.

This case has become the poster child of what's wrong with our patent system. I have been approached by Application Developer Alliance and United for Patent Reform, and I have joined the lobbying efforts of those two groups. As part of that coordinated effort, I have written my congressmen (again), and written an Op-Ed piece that will run in Connecticut newspapers soon. Pandora.com is running pro-patent-reform ads using my name and story.

I am scheduled to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee next month, as they seek to understand the effect that patent abuse has had on small businesses. The House Judiciary Committee has requested my testimony via video, and that has already been filmed and submitted. Finally, a meeting is being planned between myself and Senator Blumenthal. I hope some good will come of all this so other photographers do not suffer what I had to endure.

If you haven't donated, PLEASE consider making a small donation at www.endpatentabuse.com. This cost $100,000 to defend and to correct a wrong in our industry. We're still reeling from those expenses. Won't you help?

Thank goodness that in the end, our legal system worked. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you for your support as we stood up for what's right!

Michael Skelps
Capstone Photography

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