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{Friday Funny} Stephen Colbert Skewers ‘Amazon’s Audacious Photography Patent’

By Hanssie on May 16th 2014

colbert-amazon-1Last week, we told you about Amazon’s much ridiculed patent, photographing on a white backdrop. Now, funnyman Stephen Colbert has given his take about the patent in a 4 minute segment which also relentlessly mocks patents in general.

Stephen Colbert hosts the satirical Colbert Report on Comedy Central, in which he plays a conservative political correspondent.  Last month it was announced that in 2014, Colbert will be heading over to CBS to succeed David Letterman on The Late Show.

Patents can be worth quite a bit of money. An innovative idea, such as the gerbil shirt (which Colbert says has the triple function of “a shirt, a gerbil habitat and being alone for the rest of your life…“), could be worth billions…and then billions (of yen) more in patent lawsuits, as we saw in the case of Nikon vs Sigma in the VR infringement lawsuit. In 2011, according to Colbert, patent litigation generated 29.2 billion dollars in lawsuits, legal fees and settlements.

If you have an idea…and you work hard, someday, you too can be sued by someone who had a similar idea.

Colbert was “so impressed with Amazon’s state of the art, calling of dibs,” and not to be outdone, Colbert has declared his own patent – patenting the idea of filing for a patent.


Enjoy the video below and Happy Friday!

[via Colbert Report]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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    All of us should look forward to the day Amazon patents the highly innovative technique required to make baked potatoes…

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  2. Shane Baker

    And given the ludicrous patents being awarded in the USA, I’d bet Colbert would get his patent! Let’s hope he does – and then sues Amazon – and all the bottom feeders who are patenting genes.

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  3. Herm Tjioe

    Audacious Amazon is audacious

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  4. Steven Wong

    This vid is region locked. For Canadians, use this link:

    Skip to 9:50 to see the Amazon bit.

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    • Hanssie

      Thanks Steven!

      Does the direct link to the Colbert Report website work?

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    • Stan Rogers

      No, the direct link doesn’t work outside the US where Comedy Central has licensed distribution to a local/regional provider. (Well, not unless you know how to “spoof” some of the information your browser sends to the server, but since that’s technically an infringement, we won’t go into it here.) Comedy Central is locked down pretty tightly. Something similar happens with the BBC as well, if the subject ever comes up: the UK version of the site content is only available in the UK, is paid for by taxes and the TV license, and contains some content that is licensed to or created in partnership with foreign broadcasters (often the PBS); while the “world” version is not available in the UK because it is supported by advertising that the Beeb isn’t allowed to show to UK users

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  5. Ryan Cooper

    Video doesn’t seem to work. I’m assuming because it is US only? Anyone have a link to the video where it can be viewed internationally? I tried youtube and didnt have any luck.

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  6. Rick

    That sums it up nicely :)

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