What role does Big Media play in the courtroom?

Major media companies are often portrayed as aggressive drivers of expansive copyright, dominating every aspect of the legal landscape. When it comes to litigation, however, the truth is more nuanced. My colleague Chris Cotropia and I have recently completed a data collection project in which we examined pleadings from approximately 1,000 copyright cases filed over a four-year period (a statistically significant sample). We are still crunching the numbers, but what we’ve learned so far indicates that record labels, film studios, major software companies, and other behemoths of the copyright world end up in the courtroom more rarely than one would think, and almost entirely in one of two distinct categories of cases. [...]

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