The absorption counterpart of curvature emission is reexamined based on the Landau-Lifshitz approach. Early derivations led to the conclusion that maser emission is not possible, but these early derivations neglected a drift effect which was first discussed by Zheleznyakov and Shaposhnikov. When the drift effect is included, the derivation implies that curvature maser emission is possible. It is shown that for maser emission to be possible, the Lorentz factor needs to satisfy γ ≳ 103 for radius of curvature of the magnetic field lines RB ≈ 106 to 109cm and frequency ω ≈ 107 to 1011 s−1. Possible application to pulsars is discussed.