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, 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.
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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.


  1. Steve Gibson, aka Righthaven, just bit off more than he'll ever be able to chew.

  2. Do you really think so? Doesn't the AP already hate the guy? Are they going for round #2 with him? Hopefully, this case is good news for the little bloggers who have no means to defend themselves.

  3. The way to make Righthaven go away is to start a campaign to delink the DPost, LVRJ, and other papers involved. Fewer links mean less traffic, and that will send a message.

    There are tips on how to do that and a Twitter petition you can sign here: http://act.ly/2t5

  4. "The value of the Drudge Report has been estimated at between $10 million and $20 million."

    So ahhh, exactly what is Righthaven thinking? $10-20 million is a heck of a lot more than $150,000.


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