May 30, 2012
Regardless of the legitimacy of their claims, aggressive litigation could have a devastating effect on society as a whole, short-circuiting innovation.
For example, a series of court decisions in the 1990s made hip-hop music sampling all but impossible, forcing artists to get permission for every snippet they used — a logistical and financial nightmare. Lawsuits flew against several rappers, and a form of cultural expression virtually disappeared.
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