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

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tech Giant Google Weighs in on Righthaven in Amicus Brief; Numerous Case Updates

Google Sides Against Righthaven in Appeal of Copyright Case
The Supreme Court repeatedly has emphasized that the fair use analysis must be a flexible one, leaving courts room to find fair use (or not) depending upon examination of all the relevant facts and circumstances and how they interplay with one another in a particular case,” said Google’s brief.
Google urged the Court to reject “Righthaven’s false assertion that there is ‘almost a per se pronouncement’ in the 9th Circuit precluding the application of the fair use doctrine when an entire work has been copied.”
See: VEGAS INC article in full

Google was not alone in filing a friend of the court brief in the Righthaven case concerning the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), which involved the posting of an entire 33-paragraph R-J story without authorization. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Digital Media Law Project, Public Knowledge and several law professors joined together and filed a friend of the court brief as well.

See: Brief of Amicus Curiae Google (Righthaven v. CIO)
See: Brief of Amicus Curiae EFF et al (Righthaven v. CIO)

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