New Righthaven Offers Hosting Service "With a Spine"
After snatching a notorious copyright troll's name at auction, a Swiss company is turning Righthaven.com into a web hosting service. The intended customers? Publishers worried about the kind of abusive legal threats spewed out by the domain's previous owner.The new web hosting service promises "spineful hosting" and that through a partnership with U.S. First Amendment and IP attorneys, Marc Randazza of Randazza Legal Group and Kenneth White of Brown White & Newhouse LLP, the group will be able to defend itself "vigorously" in U.S. courtrooms and protect their clients from "frivolous intellectual property litigation." Read the full letter at Righthaven.com. The new website also has a FAQ, blog and a twitter handle: @righthavened.
"The Swiss courts don't play games and registrars here cannot be scared," said Stefan Thalberg of OrtCloud, an ISP based in Zürich. "Frivolous plaintiffs will find little comfort here."
[From FAQ] We believe that under the guise of enabling copyright holders to legitimately regulate the use of their intellectual property, the United States, which has exported this doctrine all over the world, has created a serious imbalance in intellectual property law globally. Using the daunting threat of meritless civil litigation creates the sort of chilling effect that would probably be flagrantly unconstitutional if attempted directly by the United States Government. From a distance it almost looks as if a number of big-media lobbyists have root-kitted the United States constitution.See: Boing Boing article in full