Righthaven Hires 'Star' Copyright Maximalist Lawyer To Try To Dig Itself Out Of The Deep Hole It's In
from the that'll-cost-you dept
If copyright protection were reduced, then the incentives to innovate would also be reduced, undercutting the constitutional scheme. The scale, complexity and number of original works would likely drop.Of course, the actual research on this topic suggests otherwise. Also, it's a bit bizarre that later in the same post, she points out (incorrectly) that copyright is about reflecting "a balancing of interests." If that's the case, why does she claim that any move to reduce protection would reduce output?
Anyway, she's definitely a big name, and that may at least help Righthaven in the short-term in no longer tripping over itself every time it tries to make a legal argument, but I can't see it helping in the long-term. As Eric Goldman points out in the story above, it also mucks with Righthaven's business model:
"Their model assumes lots of quick settlements, and their profit/loss projections may not have anticipated just how many -- and how hard -- defendants would fight back in court. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Ms. Cendali's fees in this case end up being many multiples of the maximum damages that Righthaven could possibly hope to get from Pahrump Life. That's hardly a path to riches for Righthaven,"