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.
Righthaven lawsuitsTo date Righthaven has been ordered to pay $323,138 in legal fees and sanctions.Righthaven lawsuits

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Defense: Democratic Underground Fights Back with Help from EFF

Political Forum Fights Back Against Righthaven Copyright Troll Suit
Democratic Underground -- represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Winston & Strawn LLP, and attorney Chad Bowers -- was sued by Righthaven on August 10 for a five-sentence excerpt of a Las Vegas Review-Journal news story that a user posted on the forum, with a link back to the Review-Journal website. Righthaven has brought over 130 lawsuits in Nevada federal court claiming copyright infringement, even though they do not create, produce or distribute any content. Instead, they create lawsuits by scouring the Internet for content from Review-Journal stories posted on blogs and online forums, acquiring the copyright to that particular story from Stephens Media LLC (the Review-Journal's publisher), and then suing the poster for infringement.
See: Article in full | Read: Counterclaim    (Related: Las Vegas Sun article)

Related EFF articles:
09/28/10: A Field Guide to Copyright Trolls
09/02/10: Righthaven's Brand of Copyright Trolling
08/25/10: EFF Seeks to Help Righthaven Defendants

1 comment:

  1. Mr. Gibson is nothing more than a bill collector. Dickinson Wright PLLC only acquired Righthaven because they are even BIGGER bill collectors.


    In case you don't know, the ABUSE of debt collectors is SO out of hand that new federal legislation is in the works to protect consumers.


    "Hounded, a Star Tribune investigative series published over the summer, exposed debt collectors' aggressive tactics, including the increasing use of arrest warrants and the seizures of paychecks and bank accounts."

    Go Star Tribune Go!


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