Beware the Copyleft Trolls

When photographers sue after Creative Commons Licenses go awry.

The scam works a little like this:

I was going to include a CC-licensed image here but I didn’t want to get sued for messing up attribution so here’s a couple of little chairs in my living room that I took. Please don’t sue me.
Things are going poorly for you as a copyright litigant when a judge calls you and your attorney “trolls.” This is Judge Andrew Austin of the Western District of Texas in 2019, in Philpot v. Emmis Operating Co.

Lawyer. Journalist. TCU professor. Viewer discretion is advised.

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