Copyright Is An Incentive… To Create Lawsuits

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Anonymous Coward says:


Tolkien estate censors badge that contains the word “Tolkien”

Until today, when Zazzle emailed me to say they were pulling the buttons for intellectual property right infringement.

And guess who complained about their rights being infringed?

Without any proper IP reform, expect the “violations” to keep getting more and more ridiculous.

Anonymous Coward says:


Right. It’s the defendants and their misdeeds that bring about lawsuits, not the plaintiffs.

In a way that I’m sure she didn’t intend, Nina is right. Copyright incentivizes the creation of works that are so good, other people will “steal” them. This “theft” creates lawsuits.

Therefore, copyright is an incentive to create lawsuits–lawsuits that the defendants bring on themselves.

cc (profile) says:


“Copyright incentivizes the creation of works that are so good”

Is there evidence of that, or is that what they told you at IP jihad training?

Plus, copyright is just a law. You could make a law that makes breathing illegal and sue everyone for “stealing” air. That would be one hell of an incentive for lawsuits — it would surely keep the hot-air lawyers busy and their wallets heavy.

Not an electronic Rodent says:

Re: Re: Re:

IP jihad training

Perfect! I had a good laugh at that one.

It did conjure an image of a guy in an expensive though slighly oversized and bulging suit shouting “COCIAu Akbar” before exploding into a huge cloud of takedown notices and subpoenas in the middle of a large Sony shop…..

Um… just me then? Ah, well….

Anonymous Coward says:


To the extent that copy’right’ works are better than other works, it’s only because the funding to create such works (wrongfully) heavily benefits from government imposed monopoly access to public airwaves and cableco infrastructure (and a better ability to advertise through these channels). Others have to go through a govt imposed gateway keeper to get their works advertised and played on cableco infrastructure and broadcasting spectra and those who control the use of these communication platforms are more prone to play (and advertise) works that are controlled or ‘owned’ by a select few. Hence the works of these select few naturally get a wider audience and this wider audience leads to better funding of better content.

but, as we can see, freely available content is being produced every day on the Internet, and the quality of much of this content improves every day, as others are getting a better opportunity to get their works known and to utilize such publicity to acquire more funding.

Christopher (profile) says:

So true

Why wouldn’t your thoughts be very nice? The fact is that EVERYONE bashes on lawyers until they need one….. frankly, if I was a lawyer and not just a paralegal, having someone come to me who had an avowed attitude like yours? Even if they were Ghandi, I would tell them “Sorry, find someone else to take your case!”

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: So true

Look dude, this lawyer bashing thing didn’t started today, medieval kings(mostly the French and English for some reason) where berating that profession long before you were born.

Besides what people see is not pretty. I saw a criminal lawyer once get a call from one of his clients telling him to go to a supermarket and wait 2 blocks away because they were going to rob the place and if they got caught they wanted him to be there, f’ing unbelievable, and he did, why?

Because he needed the money, he had 2 children and a wife that needed things and he did all of that for them, he was a loving father and husband a good guy in his neighborhood and never sued no one, contrary to some other lawyers I knew that sued everyone that annoyed them just because they could, so even though one was doing some disgusting things to survive other were doing it just because they could, but you wouldn’t know that from the outside.

Lawyer bashing is a occupational hazard, get over it.


“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
William Shakespeare, King Henry VI Quote (Act IV, Scene II)

“A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger.”

“If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?”
Thomas Jefferson

?Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.?
Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes

?Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.?
Charles Lamb

“It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before, may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind.”
Jonathan Swift

RagingBid (profile) says:

U.S. Copyright Office web quote

Here is a quote directly from the us copyright office website:

“The Office’s mission is: To promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system.”

What I have always found interesting is the people who look of un copyrighted works and register copyrights for which they never created!

Anonymous Coward says:


“Copyright incentivizes the creation of works that are so good, other people will “steal” them.”

I have a few copyrighted works and I can assure you that they are complete crap. I can also assure you that copyright was no incentive at all to create them – the only incentive emerging from those copyrights is that I could sue someone for infringing upon them. In other words: I know I couldn’t sell them, since they’re crap, but woe betide the fool who uses them to make something new, different, and better. Ka-ching for me and my lawyer.

Copyright is automatically created when a work is fixed in a tangible form. Quality of that work does not enter into the equation in any way, shape or fixed and tangible form.

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