Today Righthaven LLC were yet again put in an embarrassing situation for jumping the gun on a law-suit without checking the facts. They sued Eriq Gardner, a journals from ARS TECHNICA, for a story he did on Righthaven's lawsuit against the Drudge Report. The problem is he used the court document filed by Righthaven as the source of the TSA image. Court documents are public records and are not subject to copyright. Once Eriq Gardner contacted Righthaven he was told his case had been dismissed with prejudice due to a "clerical mistake". More like COLOSSAL EPIC FAIL.
Again Righthaven's practice of suing first and asking questions later has come back to bite them. There are other cases such as the lawsuit against the Toronto Star that may be equally as dubious since the Toronto Star is an AP affiliate who may have been authorized to display the image.
This embarrassment should surely leave the Denver Post and Las Vegas Review Journal as well as their parent companies Stephens Media and Media News Group with red faces. Especially since this was against a fellow journalist. They should seriously reconsider their relationship and dump Righthaven. Their own reputations are at stake.
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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.
|To date Righthaven has been ordered to pay $323,138 in legal fees and sanctions.|