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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Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Righthaven Victim Pushes Back; Azkar Choudhry of Pak.org Files Counterclaim

Website Owner Pushes Back Against Righthaven with Counterclaim
Another website owner is fighting back against newspaper copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC, counter-suing the Las Vegas firm and charging it sues first and asks questions later.
A motion for dismissal and a counterclaim was filed against Righthaven on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for Nevada by Azkar Choudhry and his Pak.Org website, which were sued by Righthaven on Dec. 13.
In his counterclaim, Choudhry accused Righthaven of "champerty," or an improper arrangement where a party with no interest in a lawsuit agrees to finance and bear the expense of litigation in exchange for a portion of the proceeds.
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Choudhry added that, "Righthaven uses the threat of statutory damages, domain name seizures and attorneys fees to extract low-value settlements from defendants," and that, "Stephens Media would not have brought this action but for Righthaven’s intermeddling." Choudhry is represented by attorney Chris Ridder of Ridder, Costa & Johnstone LLP (CA) and attorney Chad Bowers (NV).

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