7th Circ. Blasts Home Design Firm As 'Copyright Troll'

Law360 (April 23, 2021, 4:21 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Friday slapped the label "copyright troll" on a home design firm that has filed more than 100 infringement lawsuits, calling the company's operation an "intellectual property shakedown."

Affirming a lower judge's decision, the appeals court ruled that Design Basics LLC could not sue homebuilder Signature Construction Inc. for allegedly infringing 10 different copyrighted floor plans when it built suburban homes.

In doing so, the court leveled withering criticism at Design Basics, accusing the company of using litigation as a business model and disrupting the basic balance of U.S. copyright law.

"Plaintiff Design Basics is a copyright troll,"...

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