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LA Times wins lawsuit vs. freelancer
Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 11:03 AM on 11.14.12
->> "Message to freelancers: sue the Los Angeles Times at your own risk."
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Thomas E. Witte, Photographer, Photo Editor
Cincinnati | OH | USA | Posted: 4:17 AM on 11.15.12
->> There has to be more to this. There are phrases like this in the story:

(From the writer)
"...the dispute seemed so simple at the time."
"... to the apparent surprise of even the retired judge who acted as arbitrator — the Times won."

but then

(from the arbitrators decision)
"...Mr. Strick’s meritless lawsuit,..."
"...Strick was free to pursue his claims of copyright infringement in the arbitration forum; however, he chose not to."

The nuts and bolts of his lawsuit were (for example) "I produced this content while under contract in January, but it wasn't going to run until March... But my contract terminated in February, so this is copyright infringement."

Listen, I'm probably one of the biggest contract and copyright advocates out there but even I wouldn't even THINK about trying to pursue this. To be 100% honest, it sounds like some shyster lawyer took on a doomed lawsuit just to get a buck.
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Willis Glassgow, Photo Editor, Photographer
Florence | SC | USA | Posted: 3:55 PM on 11.15.12
->> Tom......I would have to agree with you here. It seems fairly cut and dry and yet he was attempting a lawsuit for a very large sum. WHY?
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 4:52 PM on 11.15.12
->> Nice analysis, Tom.

Clearly, the lawsuit lacked merit and Mr. Strick clearly lacked common sense. The line that caught my eye was this one: "and recognized that the conduct of Mr. Strick’s counsel contributed to the high cost of this litigation".

One would suppose trying to game the legal system didn't quite work out the way someone had planned.

Wonder if Strick's counsel will cough up part of the $266K?
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