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, September 16, 2011

LTN: September Has Been a 'Particularly Bad Month' for Righthaven; Group Seems 'Troubled'

Righthaven's House of Cards
September has been a particularly bad month for Righthaven. First, MediaNews Group let its contract expire with the company, leaving original investor Stephens Media as the only newspaper partner. MediaNews' new chief executive, John Paton, took a 180-degree turn from his predecessor Singleton in explaining the change, noting via Wired.com that "the idea that you would hire someone on an essentially -- success fee to run around and sue people at will who may or may not have infringed as a way of protecting yourself … does not reflect how news is created and disseminated in the modern world." Not only is he challenging the merits of the suits, he disagrees with the foundation Righthaven is built on.
See: Related Law Technology News article
See: Related EFF article (From The Ashes of Righthaven)
See: Related Wired article (It was a "Dumb Idea")

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