Copyright Trolls in the Construction Industry—But Is It Good Law and Bad Facts?
, September 2021
In Design Basics LLC v. Signature Construction Inc., Judge Sykes described a problem of copyright trolls. In the copyright context, this was said to be a cottage industry of registering many architectural graphics and then suing for copyright infringement, hoping to collect, at a minimum, statutory damages, and potentially an infringer’s profits. But this label made no difference to the result in the case. Not all copyrighted works have the same enforcement potential. Some works may contain highly original content, while others might only have bare minimum originality— “thin” copyrights.
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