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September 21, 2014

The Issue of ‘Trolls’ Apparently Isn’t Limited to Patents

The issue of patent “trolls” has been a high-profile issue in Washington, but the issue of copyright “trolls” also cropped up at a House hearing on Wednesday.

“We’re seeing predatory copyright litigation as business models in which shell entities indiscriminately sue many individuals at once demanding settlements,” said Matt Schruers, vice president for law and policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association. He was testifying at a House Judiciary Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee hearing.

And many of the cases involve copyright infringement claims against individuals accused of illegally downloading pornography, according to Schruers.

But Nancy E. Wolff, a partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard contended that legitimate copyright holders are often being described as trolls and that they shouldn’t be.

“I think unfortunately, the word troll is often used when someone is legitimately trying to enforce a copyright claim,” she said.

  • Carroll Barber

    This is not news, it’s just a distraction from the real issues. :)

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