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The Billion-Dollar Copyright Lawsuit That Could Legalize A New Kind Of Scam

If a court rules that photographer Carol Highsmith must pay to publish her own work, it sets a scary precedent for public-domain art. If a court rules that photographer Carol Highsmith must pay to publish her own work, it sets a scary precedent for public-domain art. Could a copyright lawsuit involving a renowned photographer of American iconography enable a new kind of scam in which ne'er-do-wells send out threatening letters demanding licensing fees for public-domain works—and that those actions are both legal and unstoppable? It could, in the form of an unintentional side effect that has cropped up at the edges of copyright law.
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