Britney Spears (provided to Wikimedia by Sarah Pitre)
What do Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls and the Los Angeles Lakers have in common, besides being awesome?
Yup, they’ve all been sued for patent infringement by Large Audience Display Systems.
I know what you’re thinking: How is it that Large Audience has a patent on being crazy sexy cool? Did they buy it from TLC?
It seems that Large Audience has a patent on “Large-audience, positionable imaging and display system for exhibiting panoramic imagery, and multimedia content featuring a circularity of action.” Try working that into one of your pop songs. So basically if you have a big screen at a concert, you owe this patent troll money. And these guys are repeat offenders, according to the lawsuit (.pdf, with concert pics!) filed in Texas.
When asked for comment about the repeated offenses, Spears answered: “Oops! I did it again.”
Timberlake was less conciliatory, simply telling the lawyers at the Burk Law Firm to go “Cry me a river.”
— Zusha Elinson