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

Thursday, September 23, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court May Weigh In On "Innocent Infringer" Defense

Who's An 'Innocent Infringer' Of Copyright? Supreme Court May Decide
MediaPost Publications reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has shown interest in deciding when people accused of online copyright infringement can claim they are "innocent infringers" and only subject to small fines, such as $200. The case involves Whitney Harper, who shared 37 songs on a file-sharing network when she was in high school.
Consider the copyright troll Righthaven -- a start-up that has filed more than 100 lawsuits against Web users ranging from Senate candidate Sharron Angle to reform groups to an unemployed woman who blogs about cats. It costs Righthaven $350 to file a lawsuit, so if an innocent infringer defense is available to defendants in those cases, even a victory by Righthaven could cost the company money.
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Related articles:
09/22/10: Supreme Court Apparently Interested In 'Innocent Infringer' RIAA Case
08/20/10: Supreme Court Petitioned to Hear “Innocent Infringer” Case

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