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, June 16, 2011

State Bar of Nevada Investigates Righthaven and Its Attorneys; Updates on Denise Nichols Case

State Bar Still Reviewing Grievances Against Righthaven
A federal judge’s comment that Las Vegas-based copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC likely engaged in deceitful and dishonest conduct has not gone unnoticed by the State Bar of Nevada.
The State Bar regulates attorneys. Since September or earlier, it has been looking into multiple grievances involving Righthaven and its CEO, Las Vegas attorney Steven Gibson. Righthaven says it has obtained copyrights from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post and has filed 274 infringement lawsuits over those copyrights since March 2010.
Gibson hasn’t responded to a request for comment on the State Bar inquiry.
See: Article in full

The VEGAS INC article quotes some whoppers from Eric Johnson, associate professor of law at the University of North Dakota. Such as, "This is strong language for a federal court. It's the kind of stuff that, if you are on the wrong side of it, would likely cause all the blood to rush to your stomach."

1 comment:

  1. Not only a bar investigation but I also believe this warents attention from the Nevada Attorney general for a possible criminal investigation too, and not just Righthaven. This is a conspiracy involving at least one major news conglomerate, Stephens Media, and possibly even Media News Group if their arrangement is similar. This may very well turn out to be the greatest scandal to ever hit the newspaper industry.

    It is ironic that the Las Vegas Review Journal claimed that lawsuits are the only way to protect their business but it could turn out the way they went about it is what destroys them in the end.


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