Righthaven LLC -- a bottom feeding legal outfit -- has teamed up with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Denver Post to sue mom and pop websites, advocacy and public interest groups and forum board operators for copyright infringement. The strategy of Righthaven is to sue thousands of these website owners, who are primarily unfunded and will be forced to settle out of court.
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

U.S. District Judge Continues to Question Righthaven's Claim of "Harm"

Judge Questions Whether Nonprofit’s Web Posting Harmed R-J
U.S. District Judge James Mahan did not rule on the fair use issue Tuesday, but he continued to pound away at Righthaven's claim of "harm" after the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) posted an entire R-J article without authorization. Key quotes from the recent Las Vegas Sun article include:
  • "Fair use seems like an overriding issue," Mahan said. "These cases typically get settled and the fair use doctrine never gets properly raised. I think it needs to be addressed."
  • "You really think the defendants are competing with the Review-Journal and making a ton of dough on this?" Mahan asked.
  • A person reading the story on the center's website "may have never heard of the Review-Journal before reading that article," the judge said. "It's a totally different market," he said.
  • But with Righthaven now owning a copyright to the story, Mahan said: "There is no market for the copyrighted work. You are not publishing it. You are not operating a newspaper. Righthaven only sues people, apparently," Mahan said.
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1 comment:

  1. Good to see the judge dispense a butt whipping to this attorney and Rightdevil.


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