Definitions[edit | edit source]

Internet[edit | edit source]

A troll is

someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[1]
[a] person or group of people that invites discord on the internet by starting arguments or posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[2]

Patent[edit | edit source]

A troll is

in the patois of the patent community, are entities that hold patents for the primary purpose of enforcing them against alleged infringers, often exacting outsized licensing fees on threat of litigation.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Larry Clavette, Social Media and the Air Force V (Nov. 2009) (full-text).
  2. Cyberspace Solarium Commission - Final Report, at 139.
  3. Halo Elecs., Inc. v. Pulse Elecs., Inc., 579 U.S. __, 136 S. Ct. 1923, 1935 (2016) (full-text).
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