Can You Name An Example Where Suing For Copyright Infringement Made Business Sense?
from the thinking...-thinking... dept
Responding, in part, to our analysis of how Hasbro’s handling of the Scrabulous situation was about as poor a business decision as it could make, Information Week’s Mitch Wagner asks a very good question: Can you name a company that has aggressively fought so-called “piracy” of its products and found that to be a successful business strategy? As he notes, there are plenty of examples of the opposite — companies that have learned to embrace such “piracy” and build business models around dealing with it. In fact, Matt Mason has a whole book of examples of that.
But is there a single company that aggressively sued for copyright infringement, and found that strategy to make good business sense?
It hasn’t worked with the recording industry — which is seeing more and more unauthorized file sharing every day, as its own sales decrease (and, it would seem, its legal bills increase). So, let’s help Mitch out. Can anyone think of a company where this strategy was actually net positive for the business?