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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Monday, August 23, 2010

Defense: Entrapment

R-J Accused of Entrapment Over Copyright Enforcement
The Las Vegas Sun newspaper reports that Ryan Burrage, a Defendant in one of Righthaven's many "shake down" copyright infringement lawsuits, filed papers last week claiming the following:
  • "At no time was it the intent of the defendant to defraud, cause harm, misrepresent, intercept website traffic, profit or exploit the Las Vegas Review-Journal..."
  • "Use of the article fell under the 'fair use' clause of copyright law."
  • "Contrary to the plaintiff's claim (of harm), linking back to the original source is a form of promotion for the original source which improves, not harms..."
  • The alleged infringement is "the equivalent of a passer-by stopping in front of a newsstand and reading the front page of the newspaper, without actually buying..."
  • "Even if a defendant was to republish an article from the LVRJ.com website directly, he is not only within his rights to do so, but all users of LVRJ.com are encouraged to..."
  • "This lawsuit is entirely predatory, frivolous and an abuse of the United States..."
  • "Plaintiff is engaged in a shakedown or extortion operation, with the express purpose of abusing the legal system to extort or shake down webmasters..."
Burrage offered to settle the dispute for $10.87, his Google Adsense revenue during the nine-day period he says Righthaven may be able to assert its claim of infringement for.

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