Let Me Repeat That….

….for those of you on drugs:

Here, again, we see why ultimately this play serves the RCA party line, as yet another viewer who doesn’t know the real story comes away from the theater thinking they’ve just  seen its genuine re-enactment:

Even though Farnsworth sued Sarnoff and RCA, he eventually lost his patent claims on a technicality of a previous held patent by Zworykin from 1923

Now repeat after me:  Farnsworth WON all his litigation against RCA, he retained all his patents, and RCA was ultimately forced to pay him no less than $1-million to use those patents.  Three years later RCA snuck Zworykin’s 1923 application through a lay court on some technicality in order to spend the next (now) seventy years making the case that results in misconceptions like this writer’s — aided and abetted by "historical drama" like The Farnsworth Invention.

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  • It’s an “historical drama,” absent, apparently, both history and drama.

    This is the first ‘popular’ retelling of an important, buried piece of recent history. Seems to me the least they could have done is gotten it right. I’ll calm down when they do.

  • well, I suppose there are no other important issues and nothing better to focus on in life than freaking out about this play.

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