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, February 15, 2011

Price Increase: Righthaven Now Asking Bloggers for $6,000 to Avoid Trial

Brian Hill: Hobby Blogger Sued by MediaNews & Righthaven...
According to blogger and activist Brian D. Hill, copyright trolling group Righthaven LLC recently demanded $6,000 for an out-of-court settlement. In 2010, the price was reported to be between $2,000 to $3,000 and $3,000 to $5,000. The price increase, particularly for individual bloggers, is significant at a time when many believe the U.S. economy is being sucked into a black hole. It's unknown how much Righthaven is asking of larger entities, such as Care2.com, Inc.
According to Hill, a Righthaven representative responded by telling me "that if I paid them $6,000 in an out-of-court settlement, it wouldn't go to trial."
Unfortunately for Hill, he has neither the $6,000 nor enough money to travel to Colorado for a hearing. He received a summons last week that gives him 21 days to respond -- "so me and my mom sent a letter to the judge to try to get him to dismiss the case." And if he doesn't? "Then the only way we can afford to go to Colorado is to countersue Righthaven and have them pay the filing fee."
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Brian Hill is the author of U.S.W.G.O., an alternative news website, and a video podcaster.


  1. Righthaven Is a Black Eye on the Law Profession
    "What make this case so egregious, other than it being plain chicken shit like so many of the Righthaven lawsuits, is that Brian is autistic and a Type-1 brittle diabetic. In trying to explain to Gibson and company about the innocently posted photograph, they weren’t the least bit interested in his disability..."

  2. Brian is untouchable because his only form of income is his ssi disability check and those monies are non-collectable and non-garnishable. Any action on Righthaven's part is pure vindictiveness because they know they can never collect from him.

  3. That's an interesting angle; so I imagine they will go after his mother or any asset she may own. They've already invested $500 in him, do you think Righthaven will just drop it and walk away? Certainly a judge may force them too. One can only hope.

  4. Is a counter suit not an option? Is there no money for a law firm to make to take on Righthaven. Can't someone take them to the cleaners to put an end to this evil?


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