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

Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Faces and Roles of Righthaven Victims

No rational justification can be made by Gibson or anyone else that these persons were deservedly sued for $75,000-$150,000.

Righthaven, the Review-Journal and the Denver Post can only offer irrational justifications for the continued filing of copyright infringement lawsuits, commonly known as 'shakedown' lawsuits. The idea, for instance, that bloggers, like Allegra Wong and non-profits, like the Center for Intercultural Organizing are financially crippling newspapers by diverting large amounts of traffic away from their websites is irrational. Equating actions of infringers to Grand Theft Auto is also clearly irrational.

Journalists, lawyers, bloggers and activists who do not buy into these irrational justifications have called Righthaven: copyright trolls, copyright extortionists, a copyright litigation factoryparasitic bottom feeders, a shakedown operation, the alter ego of R-J, un-American, shameful, engaging in unclean hands, entrapmentbarratry, champerty and more. No justification or spin attempt by Steve Gibson, the Review-Journal or the Denver Post can mask the behemoth elephant in the room.

2010 Partial Listing

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2010 Complete Listing

MARNational Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) norml.org
MoneyReign, Inc. casinoreign.com
APRIndustrial Wind Action Corp and Johnathan S. Linowes windaction.org
Jeffrey H. Wegener, Tony Karpinski, Vegas Marketing Group, Vincent Chan and William D. Foote vegastopdogs.com
Mark Chavez thelobolair.comnews.php
MajorWager.com, Inc. majorwager.com
Matt Farnham and Omnia Alliance, LLC mattfarnham.com
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Inc. (CREW) crewsmostcorrupt.org
MAYRon Futrell  localslovevegas.com
Odds On Racing, Dana Parham and Robin Schadt oddsonracing.com
ACDC-Bootlegs and Nate Althoff acdc-bootlegs.com
Bisig Impact Group, Inc. and Aaron Frisbee southerngaming.com
Barry Meyer and Tuff-N-Uff Productions, Inc.  tuffnuff.net
Swadeep Nigam  vegasdesi.com
Ozean Group hotelnewsresource.com
Andre McCollough vegasbubble.com
Jan Klerk and Stichting Wolkenkrabbers  skyscrapercity.com
Adam H. Meyer and Real Money Sports, Inc. adamwins.comindex.cfm
Barry Cohen and Portside, Inc. portside.org
Patrick Goff and Goff Associates hoteldesigns.co.uk
Enterprise Funding, LLC and Jeffery Makinen statfox.com
Jack D. Wooden madjacksports.com
Ecological Internet, Inc. forests.org
Robert Peterson and Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada planaction.e-actionmax.com
KillerFrogs.com, Inc. killerfrogs.com
Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm P.C.  dallasfortworthinjurylawyer.com
JUNMary J. Santilli mjsbigblog.com
Robert Walter Hunt, Jeffrey L. Nelson, South Coast Partner, Inc. and Taloa Inc. taloa.com
Hyde Park Communications, Inc. safeandsecureig.org
Honor, Inc. and Evelyn McKnight oneandonlycampaign.org
Dean Mostofi deanmostofi.com
Ronald Gollner rgryan.vox.com
David J. Della Terza, Nathan E. Palmer and Vote For The Worst, LLC votefortheworst.com
Christopher Falkenberg and Insite Security, Inc. insitesecurity.com
Ben Jones thehousingbubbleblog.com
Michael Stotts and Vegas Backstage Access  vbablogger.com
Abby Nixon and Vannix Communications Group, Inc. vanitytours.com
Max Frost and Salem Communications Corporation blogtownhall.com
Michael J. Nelson, Realty One Group, Inc. and David Tina  featuredblog.com
Larry C. Johnson and No Quarter noquarterusa.net
Lisa Mielke and Melissa Prepster eaglesfans.com
John Thomas wisewagering.com
Fullthrottletv.net and Brien Smith fullthrottletv.net
Anthony Curtis and LVA In The Media media.lvablog.com
American Society of Safety Engineers and Jack Spackman centralfl.asse.org
Domains By Proxy (Bill Miller) crimenews2000.com
Commerce CRG Utah, LLC, Commerce Consolidated, LLC and Rodney Gibson comre.com
Brian Lojeck whatbrianthinksaboutlasvegas.com
Stern and Company, Inc. and Steve D. Stern asternglance.com
Joseph G. Shaker and Shaker Advertising Agency vegasjobs.com
RX Advertising, Inc. and The Prescription, LLC therxforum.com
Pregame, LLC, R.J. Bell and Randall J. Busack  pregame.com
Off Shore Gaming Association and James Quigley osga.com
Motorcycle Racing Association of Nevada mranracing.com
EMTCity.com and Christopher J. Malley emtcity.com
Allegra Wong and Emerson Wong allegrawong.com
JULEzekiel Kennard, Marc Lee and Serkadis.comserkadis.com
Americans For Immigration Reform and Greater Houston Partnership, Inc.americansforimmigrationreform.com
Inkonet Networks, Inkosonic Networks, Antonio Larosa and Sonicvibes Entertainment, LLCwnytruthers.org
Justin Beech and Silver Matrix, LLCdslreports.com
Ryan Burrage and Jerry Ryburgjerryryburg.com
Paula Bliss gamblingmojo.com
Anthony Fiato af11.wordpress.com
Free Speech Systems LLC and Alex Jonesprisonplanet.com
Assured Lender Services, Inc. and Tina Suihkonen assuredlenderservices.wordpress.com
David Burnett, Clayton E. Cramer and The Armed Citizen  thearmedcitizen.com
Americans For Democratic Action, Inc. and Don Kusler  adaction.org
Stranger Than Fiction and Erin Wilcox strangerthanfiction.org
Kevin Kelleher pa-announcer.blogspot.com
Free Republic, LLC, James C. Robinson and John Robinson freerepublic.com
Robert Laidlaw, Sportbikes.net and Verticalscope USA, Inc.  sportbikes.net
Danny Downey windowintopalestine.blogspot.com
William Irvine and The Above Network, LLC theabovenetwork.com
Question Authority and Isaac Rosete iquestionauthority.com
Marion Valentine marionsword.spaces.live.com
Biker News and Fred Bouzek bikernews.net
Breakdown of America and Stacy Nason breakdownofamerica.com
Pennwell Corporation pennenergy.com
Collegestarters and David Williams-Pinkney collegestarters.com
Democratic Party of Nevada nvdems.com
Ted Joseph, Odds on Recording Studios, Inc. and Walter B. Simmons II oddsonrecording.com
Gavin M. Ernstone, Joe Herrera, Omnia Alliance, LLC and SVRE, LLC inside-real-estate.com/joeherrera
Independent Political Report and Charles C. Martin independentpoliticalreport.com
Howard Heys luxejewelryblogs.com
Thomas J. Finn IV and Freaks Sports & Gambling Forum freaksforum.com
AUGP.O.W. Network and Charles Schantag pownetwork.org
Michael A. Nystrom dailypaul.com
Steven Gilbert sweetness-light.com
Brett Edmunds topfreeforum.com/nevadawrestling
American Political Action Committee and Alan M. Gottlieb ameripac.org
David Kirvin, Kirvin Doak Communications and William Doak kirvindoak.com
Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee and William Gheen ALIPAC.us
Connie Hippendeeprootsintoughtimes.blogspot.com
Linda Muller, Nathan Muller and Wehategringos.comwehategringos.com
Jeff Bucknerjeffbuckner.us/mrchipper
Churton A. Budd, Kelly Burkholder-Allen, MedicCom BBS and Paul P. Regaprojectdisaster.com
Josephine Franklintherightwingwarriors.wordpress.com
Herbalscience Ltd, Himalaya Drug Co and Nabeel Manal fighthangover.blogspot.com
Alan Franciscus and Hepatitis C Support Projecthcvadvocate.org
Chris Brown Web Network and Dominique Houstonchrisbrownconnection.com
Hush-Hush Entertainment, Inc. and PN Media, Inc.pornnewz.com
David Allen and Democratic Underground, LLCdemocraticundergound.com
Wayne Bellinger and Roman Sohorlosetheradio.net
Chuck Hoover and Internet Brands, Inc.corvetteforum.com
Fred Pruittrantburg.com
Daniel Ciruccidancirucci.blogspot.com
Stephen Meenehaninformationliberation.com
Thomas A. DiBiasenobodycases.com
Margaret Soltanmargaretsoltan.com
Center For Intercultural Organizing and Kayse Jamainterculturalorganizing.org
Second Amendment Sisters, Inc., Lee Ann Tarducci and Marinelle Thompson2asisters.org
Tom Johnson and Alan Potasnikrollcallamerica.com
Ronald Baxter, Buy Dog Beds and TEB Mediabuydogbeds.org
SEPLarry Scott vawatchdog.org
Don W. Joe asianam.org
Jim Snyder, Philip Van Cleave and Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. vcdl.org
National Wind Watch, Inc. wind-watch.org
Climate Change Fraud, Thomas Neveu and Thomas Richard  climatechangedispatch.com
Michael Easton and Puget Sound Radio pugetsoundradio.com
Michael Leon and Medbillz veteranstoday.com
AR15.com, Edward Avila and Juan Avila AR15.com
Michael Rucker MNGunTalk.com
Rod Brooks and I Am a 911 Operator iama911operator.org
Don T. Bradshaw and Barry Shermer bootlegbetty.com
Thomas Chandler chandlerswatch.com
Automotive.com, LLC and Source Interlink Media, LLC motortrend.com
Shad Applegate, Burak Baskan, EMP Media, Inc. and Neil Infante  eroticmp.com
Travis Nagle and Donald K. Schultz donatdawn.com
Ralph R. Roberts and Ralph Roberts Realty, LLC flippingfrenzy.com
Paul Anthony Parson americangunowners.net
Bonnier Corporation and Clay Cooper  fieldandstream.com
Maren Scaccia, Michael Scaccia and Pahrump Life pahrumplife.org
Alex Malinsky, Michael Petrushansky and Rawguru, Inc. rawguru.com
Hawaii Tourism Association, Inc. and Juergen T. Steinmetz eTurboNews.com
America’s Independent Party of Iowa and Thomas Hoefling aipnews.com
Billy Bob Wells texasprocessservers.blogspot.com
Rad Geek Enterprises and Charles W. Johnson libertarianleft.org
John Glenn johnglennmbci.blogspot.com
The United States Marijuana Party and Richard J. Rawlings usmjparty.com
Kathryn B. Lord find-a-sweetheart.com
Gregory Robinson and Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada, Inc. tipoflasvegas.org
U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle sharronangle.com
Americans Against Food Taxes, Goddard Clausen Public Affairs, Inc. and Ben Goddard nofoodtaxes.com
OCTPaul Stewart harlanforum.net
Randolph Grant spiceislandertalkshop.com
Richard Kwei and RK, Inc. 987forum.com
Alex James coolwickedstuff.com
Jim Horn and Stephen Krashen schoolsmatter.info
Duncan Shields intmensorg.info
Thomas J. Leyden formerskinhead.blogspot.com
Bob Drascal and The Ad Network, Inc. celeb-gossips.info
James Karban thewebcredit.com
Imperial Hotel Management College, Inc. ihmc.ca
Flagstone Patio and Robert Sulimanov flagstonepatio.org
Jerry Bacon and Starrtrack Electronics, Inc.  explorethelaw.com
Browseblog and Nicole Hociung browseblog.com
RateMyCop.com and Gino Sesto RateMyCop.Com
Gaminglaptops and Taylor Hawes wpparty.com
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Building Association and Walt Schmidt ble-t.org
Keeva Segal and The Second Amendment Foundation  womenshooters.com
Garry Newman facepunch.com
Scott Arpajian idisappoint.com
James Matthews and Muscle Cars of America musclecarsofamerica.com
Ian Howells and Mr News Breaker mrnewsbreaker.com
Bill Hyatt 1ce.org
NOVAssociated Newspapers Limiteddailymail.co.uk
Yen Lee, P. Ling and Threeall, Inc.simplegreenchoices.com
Howard Larrabee and The Tattoo Guidetattooswithmeaning.com
John Leighton and Leighton Law, P.A.  resortinjurylawyerblog.com
Carbon Athletics and Cody Faeth  themorningwoodnews.com
Vitaliy Levit and Recess Mobile, Inc. coachesjournal.com
Sitestowatchmovies.info and David Walker sitestowatchmovies.info
Gertie Beth, Fan Sites Network, Jennifer M. Frisby and Robert L. Frisby jabbawockeez.org
Connected Nation, Inc. connectednation.org
Arthur Kalandarov, VXPOSE, LLC and Robert Sulimanov wickesfurniture.org
Bert L. Howe & Associates, Inc. and James Howe constructiondefectjournal.com
Shawn Herrin and Viewwerx, Inc. bloodyflix.com
Peter Dierks, TZ Holdings, LLC and Robert J. Zumbrunnen siliconinvestor.advfn.com
DECDaniel Benedix and Tucson DUI News and Attorneystucsonduiattorney.biz
Motown Muscle, Inc.motownmuscle.com
Charles Cokerccoker.net
Eric Lipman legalblogwatch.typepad.com
Andrea Brennen, Justmeans and Martin Smithjustmeans.com
Peter May-Ostendorpposthumancondition.com
Kathleen Peddle reactorfire.wordpress.com
D. Scott Davis Jr.videoenhancedweb.com
Ed Estes and Estes Design Groupedestesdesign.wordpress.com
John Lundberg and Mark Pilkingtonstrangeattractor.co.uk
Azkar Choudhry and Pak.orgpaklinks.com
Carl Burrell and Flick & Teaflickandtea.com
Daniel Barham and Urban Neighbourhoodurbanneighbourhood.com
Keith Combsblog.technet.com/b/keithcombs
Matt Drudge and DrudgeReportArchives.comdrudgereportarchives.com
Dana Eiserlowcountry912.wordpress.com

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

U.S. District Judge Continues to Question Righthaven's Claim of "Harm"

Judge Questions Whether Nonprofit’s Web Posting Harmed R-J
U.S. District Judge James Mahan did not rule on the fair use issue Tuesday, but he continued to pound away at Righthaven's claim of "harm" after the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) posted an entire R-J article without authorization. Key quotes from the recent Las Vegas Sun article include:
  • "Fair use seems like an overriding issue," Mahan said. "These cases typically get settled and the fair use doctrine never gets properly raised. I think it needs to be addressed."
  • "You really think the defendants are competing with the Review-Journal and making a ton of dough on this?" Mahan asked.
  • A person reading the story on the center's website "may have never heard of the Review-Journal before reading that article," the judge said. "It's a totally different market," he said.
  • But with Righthaven now owning a copyright to the story, Mahan said: "There is no market for the copyrighted work. You are not publishing it. You are not operating a newspaper. Righthaven only sues people, apparently," Mahan said.
Read: Article in full

December 2010 Righthaven Victims

12/28/10Motown Muscle, Inc.motownmuscle.com
12/28/10Charles Coker - (Dismissed)ccoker.net
12/27/10Daniel Benedix and Tucson DUI News and Attorneystucsonduiattorney.biz
12/16/10D. Scott Davis Jr. - (Settlement)videoenhancedweb.com
12/16/10Andrea Brennen, Justmeans and Martin Smith - (Illustration)justmeans.com
12/15/10Eric Lipman - (Illustration) (Dismissed)legalblogwatch.typepad.com
12/15/10Peter May-Ostendorp - (Illustration) (Dismissed)posthumancondition.com
12/15/10Kathleen Peddle - (Illustration) (Dismissed)reactorfire.wordpress.com
12/14/10Ed Estes and Estes Design Group - (Dismissed)edestesdesign.wordpress.com
12/14/10John Lundberg and Mark Pilkington - (Dismissed)strangeattractor.co.uk
12/13/10Azkar Choudhry and Pak.org - (Response)paklinks.com
12/10/10Carl Burrell and Flick & Tea - (Illustration) (Dismissed)flickandtea.com
12/10/10Daniel Barham and Urban Neighbourhood - (Illustration) (Counterclaim) (Dismissed)urbanneighbourhood.com
12/09/10Keith Combs - (Illustration) (Dismissed)blog.technet.com/b/keithcombs
12/08/10Matt Drudge and DrudgeReportArchives.com - (Illustration) (Settlement)drudgereportarchives.com
12/02/10Dana Eiser - (Response)lowcountry912.wordpress.com

Monday, December 27, 2010

Righthaven Disputes Fair Use Defense Brought in Recent Copyright Case

Righthaven Disputes Fair Use Defense in Copyright Case
Righthaven attorneys argued against the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) fair use defense this week (See: related post). Some key points include:
  • "The defendants’ implied license argument is clearly procedurally improper: the assertion of an implied license theory is entirely non-responsive to the court’s order to show cause concerning fair use. Additionally, the defendants’ implied license theory is so far-fetched..."
  • "The defendants are conveniently ignoring the fact that the Las Vegas Review-Journal (LVRJ) website only permits users to save a hyperlink leading to the articles published on the LVRJ website, or to e-mail a hyperlink leading to the LVRJ website..."
  • "A defendant’s nonprofit status or educational motive does not somehow provide a blanket exemption from liability for infringement."
  • The infringement at issue isn’t protected by the fair use doctrine because fair use in part requires the use to be "transformative."
Read: Article in full | Picked up by the Associated Press

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

EFF Calls on IP Attorneys: Help EFF Defend Against Righthaven Trolls

Help EFF Defend Against Righthaven Trolls
The copyright troll Righthaven has brought over 190 cases—and counting—against bloggers, online journalists and others since March of this year. While EFF has taken on two of these cases directly (Democratic Underground and DiBiase) we have also been attempting to help those sued to secure counsel. If the tactics of these trolls trouble you and you are a member of the bar with experience in copyright litigation, these defendants need your help.
The pace at which EFF is hearing from Righthaven defendants is increasing, and we and our cooperating attorneys are presently working at capacity. We need more attorneys versed in copyright issues to whom we can refer people who need pro bono help defending themselves from Righthaven. EFF has already briefed several of these issues in the cases we're handling and those resources are available to counsel. Almost all of the cases are filed in the District of Nevada and we do have good links to possible local counsel.
See: Article in full | Contact rsreagan --at-- eff.org

If you are not an IP attorney, please make a donation to the EFF. They are defending your digital rights!

TechDirt.com: Copying Full Article Does Not Always Preclude Fair Use

Law Professor Explains How Even When A Site Copies An Entire Article, It May Still Be Fair Use
Berkeley law professor Jason Schultz has filed an excellent amicus brief in one of the many Righthaven lawsuits, pointing out that using an entire article does not preclude fair use (pdf), and then going on to explain why the use of an entire article in this particular case (which Righthaven brought against the Center for Intercultural Organizing) was almost certainly fair use...
See: Article in full | View: Amicus Brief (Professor Jason Schultz)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Implied License Argument Heating Up: "Friend of the Court" Brief Filed by Former EFF Member

Judge Focuses on Question of ‘Fair Use’ in Copyright Lawsuit
“The article has been removed from its usual habitat. It is not owned by a newspaper, but has been assigned to a company that does not publish news stories, but uses them exclusively to file infringement lawsuits. That practice has a chilling effect on potential fair uses of Righthaven-owned articles, diminishes public access to the facts contained in them and does nothing to advance the Copyright Act’s purpose of promoting artistic creation. When a copyrighted work is simply an instrumentality for litigation, it is properly granted the lowest possible amount of protection against a fair-use claim,” the brief said.
Read: Article in full

Monday, December 13, 2010

Denver Daily News Reports on the Post's Alignment with "Bottom Feeding Legal Outfit"

Post Aligned with 'Bottom Feeder?'
...Haters of both Righthaven and its founder, Mr. Gibson, say the firm is attacking people who should be given an education in copyright laws, not forced to defend themselves against expensive lawsuits.
“These are people who feel like they’re doing the online equivalent of cutting a newspaper out and sending a copy to their friends,” said Randazza, the California attorney representing “Righthaven victims.”
Randazza agreed that Drudge Report is a different beast, but pointed out that the Drudge Report suit is the first lawsuit brought by Righthaven against a large, truly profitable entity...
Read: Article in full

Friday, December 10, 2010

Campaign Begins to Delink the Denver Post and Las Vegas Review-Journal

Drudge Report: Urge Everyone to Delink the Denver Post and Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Petition instructs:
  1. First, remove all potentially infringing content from your site or blog.
  2. Then, remove any links you have to the DenverPost & the Las Vegas ReviewJournal or any of their other properties. Those domains include denverpost dot com, lvrj dot com, and reviewjournal dot com. Try not to send those sites any traffic or give them any “Google juice”. Generally speaking, the move links a site has the higher it will appear in Google searches. So, over time, fewer links to those sites will mean less traffic.
  3. If you can’t completely remove your links to their sites, use bare URLs in the form above or similar. Don’t use HTML links (“a href”). If you absolutely have to use an HTML link, at least put a nofollow tag on it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Righthaven Sues Drudge Report Owner, Matt Drudge

Drudge Report Owner Sued by Righthaven
Las Vegas copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC on Wednesday filed its second copyright infringement lawsuit over Denver Post material, this time suing a big target: Drudge Report operator Matt Drudge.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for Nevada, charges a Nov. 18 Denver Post "illustration" called "Transportation Security Administration agents perform enhanced pat-downs" was posted without authorization the same day on the Drudge Report website as well as the drudgereportarchives.com site.
A court exhibit, however, indicates the illustration is actually a Denver Post photograph of a TSA officer patting down a passenger at Denver International Airport.
Read: Article in full

See more on Fox News, The Register, Politico, Colorado Independent, Wired and Westword.

Still no mention on the HuffingtonPost, whose Wikipedia page compares it to the Drudge Report. The Post has been given a number of "Best Blog" awards. Despite this, bloggers being sued by Righthaven and the threat Righthaven poses to all bloggers has been rejected by the Post as "unimportant." The Post also covers Denver, but remained silent on the recent Denver Post + Righthaven marriage.

EFF: Democratic Underground Responds to Righthaven Copyright Troll Lawsuit

Democratic Underground Responds to Righthaven Copyright Troll Lawsuit
EFF - Righthaven is attempting to make a business out of suing Internet websites for copyright infringement. It has filed 180 copyright actions so far —without ever first asking that a work be removed from the target website—in each case alleging “willful infringement” and attempting to extract settlements by threats of statutory damages (up to $150,000), attorneys’ fees and seizure of the domain name.
Democratic Underground -- represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Fenwick & West 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.
Read: Article in full | Read: Response

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Review-Journal Publisher Holds Fast on Righthaven Position

New Review-Journal Publisher Stands Behind Copyright Lawsuits
Interviewed on Nevada Public Radio KNPR’s State of Nevada with Dave Becker at News 88.9 KNPR, Bob Brown was asked about the newspaper’s relationship with Righthaven, a newspaper content copyright enforcement company that since March has sued 180 website operators and bloggers.
“This is a business decision and it’s based on what’s right. For somebody to tell me that it’s not right for me to file a lawsuit based on them taking my information, I think is specious,” Brown said on the broadcast.
Read: Article in full

It certainly is "specious" to create sacrificial lambs like activist Dana Eiser.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Alert: MediaNews Group Signs on with Righthaven Copyright Trolling Scam

The Righthaven Block List Grows to 178 Newspaper URLS.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that Righthaven LLC is now doing business with MediaNews Group, whose properties include the Denver Post, the San Bernardino Sun, the San Jose Mercury News, the Detroit News, the Salt Lake Tribune and more.

Righthaven Now Working with Media News, Sues Over Denver Post Column
An attorney for Righthaven filed the suit Thursday in federal court in Charleston, S.C. This appears to be the first lawsuit Righthaven has filed in a federal court outside of Nevada, where since March it has filed 179 copyright infringement lawsuits.
Thursday’s suit would seem to raise the stakes in Righthaven’s litigation campaign as it now involves Media News, which calls itself the nation’s second-largest media company, with major newspaper operations in Colorado, Northern and Southern California, Salt Lake City, El Paso, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit and elsewhere.
Read: Article in Full

It was reported in January 2010 that Affiliated Media Inc., the holding company for MediaNews Group Inc. newspapers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.