We already have patent trolls and trademark trolls. Are we ready for copyright trolls? Just as patent and trademark trolls are wreaking havoc on businesses, copyright trolls are now wreaking havoc on entertainers. According to Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu, copyright trolls acquire portfolios of old copyrighted songs, sometimes even using fraud and deception to grow their catalogs. Copyright trolls then search for, and sue, entertainers incorporating samples, no matter how small, of the old songs in their new songs.
Will copyright trolls forcing entertainers to constantly look over their shoulders and seek pre-approval of copyright lawyers may stifle creativity? Only time will tell.