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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Sunday, December 4, 2011

RIAA, APP May Intervene on Behalf of Righthaven; Sent Letter Warning of PR Disaster

UPDATE 12/06/11: The RIAA and AAP did file an amicus brief Monday on behalf of Righthaven. The EFF offers explanation and copies of the brief (RIAA and AAP File Amicus Brief in Righthaven Appeal)

RIAA and AAP's motion for leave to file amicus brief
RIAA and AAP amicus brief

Music, Book Industries May Back Righthaven
Attorneys representing defendant Wayne Hoehn sent a letter to the law group representing the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) warning them of the negative public relations repercussions that will result if they intervene on behalf of Righthaven in this case. Former defendant Brian Hill, who created the worst public relations scenario for Righthaven, has written about this recent development and posted a YouTube video.
"Wayne Hoehn is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who, while handing a series of humiliating defeats to Righthaven, has expended much of his savings in this battle," Randazza wrote in his letter. "He has further become a symbol of resistance to the abusive litigation tactics engaged in by Righthaven.
"If you have actually managed to convince your clients that it is a good idea for them to spend tens of thousands of dollars (or more) in this case for the sole eventual purpose of merely costing Mr. Hoehn money, you can rest assured that it will be a public relations negative for them, in no small part due to Righthaven’s poor handling of this case, along with hundreds of others," Randazza wrote. "Your clients will waste money and all the money will buy them is the opportunity to look like idiots."
See: VEGAS INC article in full

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